Tech & Data

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    More automated bus lane enforcement cameras coming to NYC

    Oakland-based startup Hayden AI announced its first contract this week with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for hundreds of bus-mounted cameras.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    Why cities are exploring metaverse technology

    Santa Monica, California, and Seoul, South Korea, are among the cities exploring how metaverse technology can improve city services or attract and boost businesses. Still, some people fear it could leave residents behind.

    By Karen Kroll • Aug. 8, 2022
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    Cities hope bus-mounted cameras will hold bus lane violators accountable

    Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., are among the cities trying this technology to identify perpetrators, but legal snags and questions about effectiveness remain.

    By Charles Pekow • Aug. 5, 2022
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    Together, EVs, AVs and multimodal transportation will create more vibrant cities

    Gas stations, subway stations, parking garages and roads are among the city features we can reimagine as new mobility technologies change how we get from point A to point B, writes a leading exec at Gensler.

    By Andy Cohen • Aug. 5, 2022
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    For his new smart desert city, billionaire Marc Lore eyes Nevada, Utah and Arizona

    During a town hall in New York City, the founder and his team envisioned Telosa having dozens of “15-minute cities” and a resident-controlled endowment to help pay for government services.

    By Adina Solomon • July 29, 2022
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    Coral Gables, Florida, deploys drones designed to respond to emergencies sooner than police

    Bond's Air Guardian surveils for threats during large events, identifies suspects during ongoing criminal activity and assesses fires or natural disasters before first responders can arrive. 

    By July 26, 2022
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    Pop-up bike lanes assessed with high-tech and low-tech strategies in New Jersey

    Virtual reality-capture technology, traffic cameras and lidar footage — plus chalk, stencils, and a pool noodle — helped Rutgers University researchers evaluate temporary bike lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    By Charles Pekow • July 25, 2022
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    Miami Beach pilot aims to address loud cars with noise-detecting cameras

    Following implementation in Knoxville, Tennessee, and New York City, the Florida city is looking to use technology to help crack down on noise violations from vehicles.

    By July 22, 2022
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    Amazon expanding drone delivery service to Texas

    The mayor of College Station said in a statement that being an early adopter of the service could put it "at the forefront of the development of drone delivery technology.”

    By Max Garland • July 15, 2022
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    Washington, DC, among cities piloting transparency standard for digital tech

    Cities implementing the Digital Trust for Places and Routines communications standard incorporate signs with visual icons and QR codes that inform the public of nearby technology like sensors and cameras.

    By Austyn Gaffney • July 15, 2022
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    With IT modernization plan, Chicago aims for more accessible, transparent and secure data

    A holistic initiative to modernize data access and IT infrastructure citywide could put Chicago at the forefront of urban tech efforts, government IT experts say.

    By Austyn Gaffney • July 13, 2022
  • A white Ford self-driving car equipped with rooftop sensors turns a corner on a city street.
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    Ford, VW-backed AV technology firm Argo AI lays off 150 workers

    As self-driving AV technology comes under increased criticism, the company that began operations in Austin and Miami this spring says it is making "adjustments to our business plan."

    By July 8, 2022
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    High-speed reality capture tool holds sustainability, preservation potential for cities

    Using quick scanning technology, the latest generation of Leica Geosystems’ BLK360 device can help cities create digital twins that can be used in sustainability initiatives and for maintaining existing infrastructure.

    By Melissa Goldin • June 29, 2022
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    AI-enabled cameras and lidar can improve traffic today and support the AVs of tomorrow

    Upgrading traffic cameras with AI improves performance and prepares for advancements such as autonomous vehicles. Future systems will likely tap the benefits of both cameras and lidar, write the co-founders of AI platform Derq.

    By Georges Aoude and Karl Jeanbart • June 17, 2022
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    Reno, Nevada, joins cities using blockchain to improve record-keeping

    As the city rolls out its “Biggest Little Blockchain” initiative to create what’s described as a first-of-its-kind record-keeping system, some other local governments are using the tech for what it is at its core – a ledger.

    By Melissa Goldin • June 14, 2022
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    Micromobility operators expand their footprint in small and midsized cities

    As e-scooter and e-bike fleets hit the streets in dozens of smaller cities nationwide, operators try to take a localized approach to address many of the same complaints that have been voiced by residents of larger cities.

    By Austyn Gaffney • June 9, 2022
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    All signs point to a 'growing appetite' for digital twins: report

    Implementation is expected to increase 36% over the next five years, according to a Capgemini Research Institute report. But one smart city expert cautions city leaders against falling for the technology's "hype.”

    By June 8, 2022
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    Los Angeles pilots digital twin project to aid building decarbonization

    Digital twin platform Cityzenith is teaming up with Los Angeles to help construct a virtual replica of a section of the city to help make its buildings more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions.

    By Melissa Goldin • June 3, 2022
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    7 community-led initiatives to address gun violence in cities: report

    The Center for American Progress released a report last week providing steps Texas city and county leaders can take to address gun violence, actions that could potentially be replicated nationwide.

    By June 2, 2022
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    Aerospace accelerator CEO forecasts a 'wave of disruptions' in urban air mobility

    VTOL and other advanced air mobility technologies will change urban transportation, but the transformation will be slower than many expect, says Starburst CEO François Chopard. 

    By May 27, 2022
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    Pittsburgh targets bike, pedestrian infrastructure spending using traffic and crash data analysis

    Adding StreetLight Data’s trip information to the city’s crash data, the project found that areas with less bike and pedestrian traffic experienced the most severe crashes.

    By Charles Pekow • May 26, 2022
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    Micromobility companies use Google augmented reality technology to target scooter litter

    Disability rights advocates say it’s too soon to know whether the technology will reduce the hazards caused by improperly parked scooters, but increasing awareness is an important first step.

    By Melissa Goldin • May 20, 2022
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    'Citizen scientists' help track urban heat in 14 US communities

    For a more complete picture of urban heat, climate research and consulting firm CAPA Strategies is working with NOAA and city and county residents to combine community engagement, on-the-ground data collection and modeling.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Chicago launches digital equity council to address racial barriers to internet access

    The city's new council comes as President Biden announced a discounted internet service earlier this week that could potentially provide free internet for millions of U.S. households. 

    By May 12, 2022
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    These 3 technologies could make self-driving cars safer

    With autonomous vehicles already operating in several cities, technology companies are working on high-definition maps, better artificial intelligence models and remote control for fleets when needed. 

    By May 11, 2022