Smart City Cloud Innovation Center by AWS & ASU

The Smart City CIC will use cloud computing, AI and machine learning to address regional challenges.


Amazon Web Services and Arizona State University (ASU) announced they are opening a new Smart City Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) in early 2019, according to AWS.

The Smart City CIC is part of a long-term collaboration to nurture smart city designers and support expanding technology alternatives while minimizing costs, spurring economic and workforce development and facilitating sharing public-sector solutions within the region.

“The ASU Smart City CIC has many potential applications across the Phoenix metro region. In addition to serving as a training ground for ASU students, it can provide resources for large-scale initiatives like TenAcross, which addresses pressing societal and environmental issues from coast-to-coast along the I-10 Corridor,” said Wellington “Duke” Reiter, executive director of ASU’s University City Exchange.

ASU’s Smart City CIC will be housed at the SkySong Campus in Scottsdale and staffed by AWS and ASU employees. It will support visiting scholars, faculty, student researchers, industry experts and community members to identify best-in-class solutions for smart city challenges.

“We’re excited to work with ASU to introduce the ASU Smart City CIC, helping local and regional organizations solve some of the toughest public-sector challenges through the use of cloud-based technology,” said Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector for AWS. “This new CIC provides a model for public-sector digital transformation not just in Greater Phoenix, but in communities around the globe. We’re looking forward to working with ASU to bring innovation and best-in-class technology to students on campus, and to the many citizen service organizations that support the region.”

“A true regional asset that will provide immense value, ASU’s Smart City CIC is going be a place where everyone from corporate to community can collaborate as we innovate and build the future place together,” said Chris Camacho, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

The ASU Smart City CIC is the most recent of the AWS CIC programs, which employ Amazon’s innovation processes, cloud expertise and global solution platforms. Other CICs include those at California Polytechnic University Digital Transformation Hub in San Luis Obispo, California, and the Busan-Amazon Cloud Innovation Center located at Dongseo University’s Centum campus in Busan, Korea.

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