Smart Columbus releases technical system to solve transportation problems

What if drivers of oversized trucks had an app showing all the low bridges in Franklin County? Or if a hungry family knew the location of the nearest open food bank? Or if senior citizens’ locations and public-transportation routes could be analyzed together to find better ways for the older residents to get around?

Smart Columbus — a partnership of businesses, local governments and research groups that oversees the city’s work on the federal Smart Cities grant — is introducing on Thursday the initial version of a computer operating system meant to address these and other transportation-related challenges in the city.