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Eco Partnering Innovations LLC (EPI) is a Central Florida based Woman-Owned/DBE business specializing in deliberate multimodal technology products and solutions for Smart City and Connected Vehicle applications. Stephanie Hoback, the Principal-Owner, has strategic partnerships and over 25 years of cross-functional industry experience in transportation which provides her the ability to offer clients unique insights, and “out of the box” applications to help integrate the next generation of technologies. EPI’s primary focus may be technology for transportation. However, the high-stress nature of the industry created a mission-critical secondary focus for the company. The need to provide industry professionals with automated business tools and technology solutions for sales, training, marketing, estimating, procurement, contract management, and project management to help their customers and staff manage dollars, details, and deadlines and most importantly create a better work-life balance and a healthier workforce.
Eco Partnering Innovations understands that “The internet of things” and “Smart Cities” are not just catchy taglines. We provide Smart City Solutions through products, partnering, and innovation. EPI and our partners are here to augment the collaboration between cities, contractors, engineers, and manufacturers to help find practical ways of integrating the next generation of technology that will advance the public and private sector’s mobility.
Today’s transportation professionals and city leaders play key roles in the advancement of Smart Cities. They are working feverishly to manage the rapid expansion of urban areas and the demand for limited resources. They recognize that cities need to become more intelligent to handle this large scale urbanization. Thus they are deploying integrated technology and infrastructure solutions that rely on real-time traffic data, smart parking analytics, and smartphones working together to deliver information to help make educated decisions to keep the traveling public informed and safe.
These professionals have many challenges in keeping up with all of the emerging technologies of a Smart City like learning how to apply them on a local level and not being intimidated by the many options that do not advance their urban plan. Other challenges they face are recognizing when an existing element or technology is no longer providing valuable insight, identifying when a new tool is needed, and most importantly when change is appropriate.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.
A Smart City is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city’s assets – the city’s assets include, but are not limited to, local departments’ information systems, schools, libraries, transportation systems, hospitals, power plants, water supply networks, waste management, law enforcement, and other community services.