Updated 07/16/2012 04:18 PM
Nanotech partnership announced at UAlbany
The Capital Region is becoming a center for nanotechnology with the Globalfoundries plant and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. But now, the college is hoping to make Albany a leader in another new technology. Lori Chung has more on the announcement of new smart cities technology.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Streetlights that light up as you drive under them. Sounds like science fiction, but it's just one part of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's vision for the City of Albany.
On Monday, the college wrapped up an announcement on new smart cities technology. The college is partnering with CHA, an engineering firm, to develop technology to make Albany a smart city.
The other partnership is with Trinity Alliance to develop that education component. They are also looking to change the school curriculum all to help local students be prepared for a science and engineering job.
"This is the first I know of in the same co-location of the innovation piece and the education piece that focuses on social groups. So I don't know if any other city is doing the program this way," said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, CSNE CEO.
"It is long overdue to take advantage of the resources we have here. Educate our children and give them a success story in life," Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings said.
The engineering firm, CHA, is looking to move into downtown Albany later this year, bringing with it about 150 jobs.