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Projects ranging from the use of AI and machine learning to inspect roadways to a housing rights challenge were among those highlighted as making “unprecedented progress”.

Solutions that address digital equity, accessibility and civic engagement are among those recognised in the IDC Government Insights fourth annual Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA).

The awards aim to recognise the progress North American municipalities have made in executing smart city projects, as well as providing a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate smart city development in the region.

Best practice

Winners in the SCNAA illustrate best practice examples of how forward-thinking municipalities are effectively leveraging technology and innovation to offer new services and economic opportunities and to meet the needs and expectations of citizens and residents.

“We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on the winners of our fourth annual SCNAA; forward-thinking municipalities underpinned by strong leadership, innovative technology, and commitment to the public that executed and sustained successful smart city initiatives amid challenging times,” said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities and Communities Strategies.

“We look forward to continuing our dedicated award programme to encourage continued innovation among smart city initiatives and usher in the next generation of thought leaders and change makers across North America.”

The following municipalities are recognised for “unprecedented progress” in creating and sustaining smart city projects across the following 11 categories:

  • Administration (for example, back office, digital legislating):
    ePermits, Harris County Engineering Department, Harris County, Texas

  • Civic engagement (for example, open data, city portals, 311 apps):
    Arizona State University Smart City Innovation Lab, Arizona State University, Scottsdale, Arizona

  • Digital equity and accessibility (for example, public wifi, accessibility services, ADA compliance):
    Ocala Fibre Network (OFN), Ocala, Florida

  • Education (for example, smart campus, smart classrooms, virtual offerings, online and Remote services):
    Eugene School District 4J Comprehensive Distance Learning Technology Plan, Eugene School District 4J, Eugene, Oregon

  • Public health and social services:
    Cares Housing Assistance Programme (CHAP), Clark County, Nevada

  • Public safety (for example, real-time crime centres, officer wearables, video analytics, next generation 911, early warning systems):
    Smart City and Parks, City of Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Smart buildings (for example, capacity planning, return-to-work programmes, sustainability and security systems) tie between:
    • NYCx Co-Labs: Housing Rights Challenge, NYC Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, New York, NY, and
    • EV innovation project – Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, City of Boulder, Colorado

  • Sustainable infrastructure (for example, smart water, smart lighting, waste collection, environmental monitoring, resiliency):
    Advanced Water Metering Infrastructure, City of Santa Ana, California

  • Transportation (for example, connected and autonomous vehicles, public transit, ride-hailing/ride-sharing) tie between:
    • Automated Deficiency Reporting on Roads using AI on Municipal Vehicles, City of Markham, Ontario and
    • Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners, Peachtree Corners, Georgia

  • Transportation infrastructure (for example, parking, transit hubs; traffic management and equipment for connected and/or autonomous vehicles):
    Pedestrian Analysis of the MLK Smart Corridor, Centre for Urban Informatics and Progress at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee

  • Urban planning and land use (permitting, licensing, inspection and zoning: digital twins, community resiliency)
    Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Inspect City Roadways, Office of Innovation & Technology, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Winners will be honoured at Smart Cities Connect, to be held 19-21 October at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Centre in National Harbour, Maryland.

IDC Government Insights assists government policy, programme, and IT leaders, as well as suppliers in making more effective technology decisions by research and consulting services.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 14.07.2021

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