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NYC, Wuhan and Albuquerque win Smart City Awards

The Smart City Expo World Congress recognized cities that use technology to address climate change, internet access and the challenges of housing construction.

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Although some government leaders hit the pause button on smart city projects during COVID-19, there was still a lot of innovative work going on around the world. The Smart City Expo World Congress recognized 33 cities, individuals and projects to make communities around the world more livable, sustainable and economical.

There are nine price categories that cover everything from city guides to mobility and safety:

  • city
  • guide
  • Innovation recovery
  • Enable technologies
  • energy and Environment
  • mobility
  • Governance and economics
  • Life and Inclusion
  • safety

Here’s a look at four of the projects that used technology to improve security and connectivity.

NYC Internet Master Plan

This project is a $ 157 million investment to bridge the digital divide. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan in October to reach up to 1.6 million New Yorkers over the next 36 months and build a public broadband infrastructure with open access. The city has also engaged large and small businesses to provide fast, reliable, and affordable connectivity options to an additional 70,000 residents in public housing and 150,000 residents in the surrounding communities by early 2022.

Wuhan’s revitalization after COVID-19

Wuhan City was one of the first places smart city technology was tried out in China, as well as the first epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Then and since then, the city has leveraged the widespread use of big data intelligence in the city administration and is promoting post-pandemic economic recovery. The city’s Wet Market Upgrade project looked at the impact of the pandemic on public spaces such as farmers markets. In order to give residents a more secure feeling when using the markets, the facilities have been upgraded to improve waste management and ventilation and to digitize the weighing of fresh products and enable traceability.

Smart transport solutions in Valdosta, GA

In 2020, the city used a Georgia Smart Communities Challenge scholarship to test an intelligent traffic management system that connected all of the city’s 128 traffic lights. The idea was to improve safety, connectivity and efficiency for rescue workers and everyday drivers. The city installed a fire engine prevention alert system to give priority to vehicles when responding to a fire. The city’s TravelSafely app informs users about upcoming signal changes and approaching emergency vehicles.

Modernization of the water infrastructure in Albuquerque

The city worked with Cisco to improve the overall operation of its water infrastructure, as well as strengthen cybersecurity defenses. The water agency used Cisco Industrial Ethernet switches and switching platforms to connect water sensors across their infrastructure. The agency also installed a Cisco Industrial Security Appliance 3000 for advanced threat protection. Finally, Cisco Cyber ​​Vision to simplify the management and monitoring of programmable logic controllers, human-machine interfaces, and other OT components of the system.

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