FYI Miami: November 11, 2021
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SMART STREETLIGHTS: The Department of Transportation and Public Works is to transform the 27,000 streetlights the county and the Florida Department of Transportation own into a networked Smart LED energy-saving system after commissioners approved a $48 million contract. Miami Dade Smart Lighting Partners LLC was selected to renew lighting in the county and is to be responsible for operations and maintenance of the poles in a 15-year contract at a $163,591,770 fee to be evenly split between the county and the state. The contractors would also install 500 4K video cameras and 900 IoT Multi-Sensors that are to be integrated with the county Scalable Smart Mobility Software Platform, says a memo from Chief Operations Officer Jimmy Morales. Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz presented an amendment to request the company subcontract 10.65% of the work to disadvantaged business enterprise firms and Raquel Regalado also amended the item to add a program to educate residents about which lights have been changed.
ARMY FUNDS FIU RESEARCH: Florida International University has received a five-year, $22.9 million grant from the Army Research Laboratory to advance additive manufacturing technologies that aid in the repair, design and durability of high-performance materials that will be used to manufacture next-generation vehicles and munitions. “The research at FIU will primarily focus on the development of high-performance metallic materials, which are lightweight and of ultra-great strength,” said Arvind Agarwal, chair of FIU’s Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The university said solid 3D parts could be printed in minutes and last significantly longer once these techniques are applied. The process can be reduced to a portable handheld applicator, which makes it particularly useful in military field operations.
5G WIRELESS CELLULAR: Commissioners have directed the Mayor’s Office to create an inventory within 90 days of county properties that could be used or leased to the private sector for expanding 5G wireless cellular data service. The item by Vice Chairman Oliver Gilbert III also requests the mayor to solicit input from business on how such properties may be used to expand 5G. Mr. Gilbert made an amendment asking for a report with a phased deployment plan for the use of the inventory starting with a proof-of-concept trial in his district. Commissioner Eileen Higgins, the only no vote, said she was thankful there is no rollout of any kind of plan in her district. “Since we met at committee, I continue to walk down the street and see poles that were installed two years ago that still aren’t finished,” she said, “so I’m glad to see District Five is not included.”