IDC Government Insights selected initiatives related to social services, transportation infrastructure and water management.
Seventeen cities and counties were recognized in IDC Government Insights’ annual Smart Cities North America Awards. Covering 14 categories, the awards honor pioneering municipalities that are leveraging technology to deliver services and opportunities for residents.
Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County, for example, was honored for creating an artificial intelligent algorithm to optimize bus stops and food delivery routes, ensuring that families and individuals in need can receive meals.
In Pittsburgh, the Move PGH mobility program offers residents flexible, low-cost transportation options. The city’s Guaranteed Basic Mobility Pilot delivers hands-on support for car-free urban mobility and integrated services to help citizens navigate the existing transportation system using less expensive, multi-modal options.
Syracuse was honored for sustainable infrastructure. It revamped its street lighting infrastructure by replacing all streetlights with energy-efficient LED fixtures connected over a mesh network. The entire grid can be monitored with a real-time dashboard, improving officials’ visibility and enabling them to resolve outages quickly.
Water management and metering efforts were also recognized. In Morrisville, N.C., a connected parks initiative’s flood monitoring system uses flood and moisture sensors, solar panels, digital signs and automated gates to open and close areas. It reduces the carbon footprint of the town, improves safety and streamlines communications by providing staff with a live feed to a smart cities dashboard.
The Water Resources Division in Santa Ana, Calif., modernized its paper-based operations with a digital work order management system that provides cloud-based mapping and data collection for field workers on mobile devices.
Data-driven initiatives in policing and traffic management were also recognized by IDC, including a violent crime evidence-based reduction plan in Dallas and a traffic data-sharing partnership in Virginia Beach. Other winners were honored for improving digital equity and accessibility, smart buildings, education and next-generation emergency services. The full list of winners can be found here.
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