Elk Grove Village Launches Smart City Push, seeks 5G Capability to Serve Manufacturing and Technology Parks by 2021
With the goal of providing local manufacturing and high-tech companies with next generation information technology infrastructure, Village officials today announced their aim to be among the first municipalities in the region, and the first in the O’Hare business corridor, to establish a 5G wireless technology network.
“The Elk Grove Village industrial park is already the nation’s largest; it’s now time to make it the smartest and fastest too,” said Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson. “Our drive toward 5G is the next logical step in our efforts to provide top-tier infrastructure and support to the 5,600 businesses that call Elk Grove home today and to those who will in the future.”
The Village is launching this smart city effort with a 6-month study to develop a pathway to establish the high speed wireless network. HR Green Fiber and Broadband LLC, industry experts in 5G Smart City technology, will explore the fastest and most efficient pathway to making Elk Grove Village one of the first fully 5G business parks.
The firm will evaluate and recommend potential public-private partnerships, review financial models and assist with identifying the provider who can best serve the Business Park.
The Village is embracing this next-generation technology because it will provide both faster wireless connectivity and additional capacity, support emergent technologies, fuel job creation, and drive innovation. State of the art technology infrastructure is the key to supporting growth opportunities and providing a competitive advantage for existing businesses, as well as attracting companies whose future will rely on access to a best in class wireless network.
The Village announced the initiative at the “Made in Elk Grove” Manufacturing and Technology Expo, an annual networking event where Elk Grove manufacturers gather to connect, collaborate, and cultivate relationships. Industries represented include precision machining, plastics, electronics, food, industrial services, and more.