Raimundo Rodulfo

City of Coral Gables

Lecture Information:
  • January 12, 2024
  • 2:00 PM
  • CASE 241

Speaker Bio

Raimundo Rodulfo started his career in the early 1990s as an engineer in the telecommunications industry, working for Fortune 500 companies such as Bellsouth, Siemens, and NCR in varying capacities. During that time, he also assisted on technology projects for Motorola and Lucent Technologies in Chicago, and Agilent Technologies in Silicon Valley. After 10 years of a successful career in the industry, he joined the City of Coral Gables in 2004 and currently serves as Director of Innovation & Technology and Chief Innovation Officer. He leads strategic planning, oversight and management of citywide IT operations, infrastructure and smart city initiatives. Under his leadership, the City has received numerous awards including first place in the Digital Cities 2018 for cities of up to 75K population, first place in the U.S. Open Cities Index in 2019 and 2020, Smart 50 Award in Urban Infrastructure in 2020, Smart Cities Council Innovation Excellence Award in 2022, IEEE Smart Cities Awards Jury Prize in 2022, and being recognized as one of the 8 Smart Cities to Watch in 2020 by State Tech Magazine and as one of the 12 finalists worldwide in the Gartner Eye on Innovation Awards for government in 2021. He volunteers as Co-Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Global Communities Technology Consortium (GCTC), as a member of the World Business Angel Investment Forum (WBAF) Miami Board of Directors and the Cities Today Institute (CTI) Leadership Forum, and as an advisory member of international nonprofit professional committees and engineering standard development organizations. He has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and events, and has also authored multiple research papers, articles, technical book chapters and other publications in the areas of smart cities, engineering and technology. Rodulfo has received numerous awards and recognition throughout his career. Most recently, he received the Globant Digital Disruptor award and the CyberTrust Pioneer award in 2021, was named to State Tech Magazine’s list of 30 State and Local Government IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020 and to StateScoop’s list of LocalSmart City Executives of the Year in 2022, and received the Key to the City from the Mayor of Coral Gables. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management and a Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National Polytechnic University. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E., Florida and National NCEES Record), a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and a certified professional in PCI, HIPAA, Incident Management, Virtualization, SAP, and ITIL. [1]


Coral Gables in Florida has implemented a robust and resilient smart city technology infrastructure and engineering framework throughout multiple innovation districts that provide hyper-connectivity, visibility, control and automation of city services. This infrastructure fosters quality of life improvements in Public Safety, mobility, energy efficiency, sustainability and accessibility of digital services, supported by a robust foundation of resilient high-speed communications/broadband –built on IEEE engineering standards and other industry frameworks and best practices for security, fault-tolerance and automated failovers during hurricanes and other disasters. This digital reality fabric includes fiber optics corridors, wireless networks, public Wi-Fi, satellite communications, a complex layer of cyber-physical systems and IoT sensors (smart lights and smart lighting controllers, CCTV, ALPR, traffic and environmental sensors, and first-of-its-kind smart city AI-powered modular integrated poles), distributed clouds, AI and machine learning-powered predictive data analytics, a smart city hub digital twin and real-time urban analytics IoT-AI public platform for citizens, first responders, traffic engineers, academic researchers, businesses and entrepreneurs. This infrastructure is currently being expanded to other smart/innovation districts in the South and North areas of the City, and is being enhanced with additional capabilities such as interoperability with blockchain and mixed reality platforms. Mr. Rodulfo will talk about these smart city projects and show specific use cases and related quality-of-life improvement metrics and KPIs in Coral Gables. He will do a live demonstration of the city’s homegrown smart city platforms (digital twin, smart city hub, urban analytics) and talk about recent R&D collaboration projects with NIST and U.S. DOE PNNL.