Now in its third year, the competition will grant up to $5 million between this spring’s to-be-determined winners.
Cities don’t need to implement every single connected solution to be considered “smart.”
Urbanova is a living lab set in the heart of the 770-acre University District near downtown to "pilot technologies while testing what creates value and how economical they are."
“This project will answer a lot of questions we need to answer in order to show people how this can be done,” says Tom Gebhardt, president of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America.
At an event in the nation’s capital, experts discussed issues related to smart cities such as inclusivity, data management and cybersecurity.
Schenectady, New York, is proving you don’t need to be a major tech hub to make smart city investments.
Chula Vista took a decade to ensure the West Coast’s largest waterfront smart development is built with sustainability in mind.
Will the smart infrastructure equivalent of the iPhone speed the digitization of more cities?
Local governments already have challenges with funding their existing infrastructure, raising questions on how to make investments in smart technologies a reality.
Experts in Washington, D.C. for Smart Cities Week discussed ways to help achieve this goal.
Scaling county-grown smart city solutions across the U.S.
Funding will go toward transportation, public safety and other areas.
Building sensor networks seems like the most difficult step, but that’s just the start on the long road to a smarter local government.
Meanwhile, Ohio’s capital is forging ahead with plans for millions of dollars in high-tech transportation upgrades. U.S. DOT officials will visit the city this week.
The Rockefeller Foundation has given out grants before, so this time it’s looking to mentor startups through Unreasonable Institute as they tackle entrenched urban problems.
The challenge model from the Bloomberg Philanthropies aims to improve citizen quality of life, as is the focus of work being done in Providence.
Grants totaling $143,250 in tools, training and technical support for data collection are up for grabs.
Individual sensor deployments are useful and are helping businesses to optimize their operations. But also, like in cities, they have significant drawbacks.
Being a smart city means far more than just catering to economically-advantaged tech-savvy individuals. It’s also about effective use of technology to bridge divides in local communities.
Contrary to a recent article, “smart” transportation technologies like those from Sidewalk Labs aren’t really a big secret. Plus, cities want them.
“This is the next paradigm shift in transportation,” says one official helping to lead up the program.
“They were able to connect the problems they identified to specific technology solutions that are measurable,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
With additional local investment, $140 million is now committed to the winning plan submitted by Ohio’s capital, but the other finalist cities will be seeing more federal and private assistance to pursue their visions, too.
“It’s really started a wave of innovative thought in transportation,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said of the grant competition.
Colorado’s capital has running start on putting digital technologies to work to address the challenges rapid population growth poses to aging transportation systems.
“Pittsburgh was based on steel and the economy was based upon getting product to market,” says Mayor Bill Peduto. “Our new economy is based upon getting people to workplace.”
Carless households currently face major mobility disadvantages in Ohio’s capital, but civic leaders hope to change that.
“This is not about testing new, shiny-penny technologies that will do nifty things,” the city’s mayor says. “This about using mobility technology to actually address basic problems.”
While Rose City’s plan leverages technology, “this is really a people project.”
The city wants to expand its digital corridors to better connect neighborhoods, deploy autonomous buses and boost mobility for residents and visitors.
San Francisco Is ‘Moonshotting’ an Ambitious Connected Transit Vision for Its ‘Smart City Challenge’ Bid
A city-led team of stakeholders, including UC-Berkeley and tech companies, want to create the “world’s first shared, electric, connected and automated transportation system.”
“Too often there's a disconnect between tech interventions and transportation outcomes,” says Sidewalk Labs COO Anand Babu.
To truly unleash the creativity and innovation of cities, city leaders have to deploy the infrastructure to make this possible, and then allow individuals and companies to leverage the data.