Forget Port City. Wilmington now calls itself America's first "Smart City."
The plans for how to use so-called white spaces were unveiled today. They're gaps in the broadcasting spectrum left over from old analog TV. These gaps can be used for pretty much anything, and we're the guinea pigs
The experiment will be a partnership between the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County with technology company Spectrum Bridge. During the test, local governments are exploring ways to use the frequencies to benefit the public.
WiFi in Hugh MacRae park, traffic cams on MLK parkway, as well as water quality monitors are already in place. The bottom line is getting information from basically anywhere in real time.
"We've come up with a list of applications that we think we can use," Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. "And we think that it will help us deliver services from the city perspective as well as a county perspective in a much more efficient and effective manner and a cost effective manner."
"I'm very excited about it," Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton said. "Wilmington is now a leader in this nation and really in the world."
City and county leaders feel that this will be a major recruitment tool for high tech businesses and entrepreneurs into southeastern North Carolina. Now, the main question many have asked already is how much will this cost? During the testing phase experiment, there will be no cost to the city and county.
After the trial period, the city and county will evaluate the usefulness and effectiveness of the various projects and decide which are worth paying for.