Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here’s what they’re up to today.

1 Dec 2017 by Zack Quaintance, Gov Tech  Chicago To understand where smart city projects are going, one must understand where they’ve been. Atlanta CIO Samir Saini does this by dividing these projects into three phases: Smart Cities 1.0, Smart Cities 2.0 and Smart Cities 3.0. Smart Cities 1.0 is tech that predates the phrase “smart city,” going back about …

Keeping profits local with cooperatives tailored around local anchors: Cleveland, Evergreen and Preston models

 Preston has struggled with austerity and entrenched inequality. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian By Hazel Sheffield Guardian, 11 April 2017  Ted Howard looks out on a group of people drinking tea from styrofoam cups at Preston town hall on a Monday afternoon in March. The social entrepreneur and author from Cleveland, Ohio, is the special guest at the city’s monthly social forum. “What’s …

NACTO City Data Sharing Principles: Integrating New Technologies Into City Streets, also 10 rules for cities about automated vehicles,

There are a number of ways that cities will need to regulate AVs if they are to be a boon and not a bane, including owning the data, protecting transit, prohibiting empty (circling) trips, setting speed limits, and protecting traditional urbanism.  Traditional urbanism evolved over millennia to meet human needs. The adoption of AVs should not be allowed to replace time-tested …

How Louisville, KY is driving the trend of data-centric traffic optimization: laying out a network of city-owned gigabit fiber and place to store data they hook up more and more signals and sensors to their own network

Louisville started with Waze data, the city/DOT process that data into an internal database and mine that for information about speeds and jams and events and they are adding sensors and optimizing data, then the ultimate goal is to automate things like signal timings based on real-time traffic flow and optimize the flow of cars but also buses, emergency vehicles [and] pedestrians …

Implementing open data: Seattle model and learning

9 Oct 2017 Any city with data initiatives faces the same questions: How much information should the government release, and in what form? Seattle’s proactive but cautious approach could provide the answer. You don’t have to dig deep to find out what can go wrong with open data initiatives. Just look back to 2014, when the New York City Taxi …

Measure the openness of Mobility as a Service or a city’s transport system

By Beate Kubitz, 23 Jun 2017  “Openness is key to developing scalable, sustainable Mobility as a Service models for the public good. This new tool enables closed and open elements to be identified – and the steps towards more openness to be quantified for the first time.” The TravelSpirit Index of Openness for MaaS is a simple and practical tool …

Uber Movement

StateScoop – Platform Needs Some Work Before Government Can Get Excited – excerpt Boston Chief Information Officer Jascha Franklin-Hodge had when reviewing Uber Movement, the ride hailing company’s first attempt at an open data platform to help transportation planners and researchers: Uber’s new website, launched last month, presents visitors with a map to compare trip times between different sections of cities and do comparisons to see …

Pilot Data as a Service, Mobility as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

Data as a Service Data as a Service is the rapid exchange of real-time condition and service information between customers, service providers, government and the supporting infrastructure to optimize safety, efficiency and the transportation experience.  Pilots in Data as a Service provide staff experience in managing and optimizing data-sharing partnerships, exploring the value of analytics, and testing new tools. Analyze …

Smart Cities: What Do We Need to Know to Plan and Design Them Better?

This essay was written for a workshop sponsored by the Social Science Research Council, held in Brooklyn on June 15, 2017.  Published on Medium.com August 2017 1. The most useful and flexible definition of the term ‘smart city’ is a city that employs digital technology to improve municipal management, governance, or long-range design and planning. This is a multi-stakeholder activity …

Understanding Trip-Making with Big Data

A Connecting Sacramento Summary Brief July 2017, SSTI Suppose there’s a dispute over a busy commercial stretch in your town. The department of transportation (DOT), which is responsible for the road, says regional growth has caused more through-traffic and they must remove on-street parking to add lanes. Business owners and nearby residents, however, insist business is booming, they need the …