BROOK PARK, Ohio — Three tech-savvy Brook Park residents have met several times this year to decide how the new Technology and Innovation Committee on which they serve can improve the city’s connectivity and extend its technological reach.
Thomas Dufour, Holly Klingler and James Pressley comprise the committee, along with Councilman Brian Poindexter and Mayor Mike Gammella. City Council approved legislation creating the committee in November 2019.
Pressley told council at the Oct. 20 caucus the committee’s purpose is to set minimum standards city wide for data, audio and video technology. Committee members also have been investigating new technologies, including smart mobility, electric vehicles for the city, and municipal broadband and/or Wi-Fi options.
Renewable energy cost savings opportunities, as well as electric vehicle charging stations for the Rec Center parking lot, are being researched as well.
The committee’s first recommendation to City Council will be to install livestreaming capabilities in the Recreation Center. It would enable sporting events, exercise classes, programs and other activities to be broadcast to remote audiences.
“Attendance at the Recreation Center will be limited (because of COVID-19), and the Rec Center needed a way to stream the games for winter sports, mainly basketball, so what we did was to facilitate information about expanding the existing BoxCast subscription,” Pressley explained. “It was only a small increase over what council is already paying (to livestream council meetings). It would give the Rec Center a dedicated stream without affecting anything council does.”
In addition, the equipment could be taken outside to broadcast other recreational events.
“Although we came up with the idea because of COVID to give more people the ability to watch their kids’ activities, it can be used on a broader spectrum,” Poindexter said.
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