By Data-Smart City Solutions • May 31, 2019

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: BATON ROUGE TURNS TO DATA TO PREDICT CRIME HOT SPOTS

Local officials and law enforcement in Baton Rouge are taking a proactive approach to policing as a solution to their chronic police workforce shortage. The use of software called Public Safety Common Operational Platform (PSCOP), which garnered the city a national award last year, identifies high-risk locations based on geographical factors like dollar stores or blighted properties where law enforcement patrols can be deployed more efficiently.

BBC NEWS: UK PARKING SPACE DATA OFFERED UP TO APP DEVELOPERS

The UK is planning to standardize parking data with the goal of making finding and paying for parking easier in cities. This standardized data allows parking apps to conceivably collate the data and help drivers find spaces faster and pay for parking online. The standardized data will first be tested in Manchester, Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and parts of Essex where the local councils will share a £1m fund for research projects.

STATE SCOOP: CALIFORNIA COUNTIES INK GIS CONTRACTS TO BUILD NEXT-GENERATION 911

San Mateo and Merced counties have announced that they will work with Datamark, a developer of GIS platforms for public-safety agencies, to create the digital groundwork for the next iteration of their 911 services. Datamark will accumulate GIS data into a single database for each Northern California county to meet the needs of 911 dispatchers and the NG911 technology, a new emergency response system that’s capable of enabling any telecommunications device with an internet connection to contact 911.

THE CITY FIX: IN AFRICAN CITIES, MAPPING PARATRANSIT MAKES FOR SMARTER MOBILITY

This article highlights the efforts made to revolutionize the public transportation, or paratransit, system in African cities like Nairobi and Accra with GPS-enabled smartphones and open, crowdsourced databases to bring data-driven solutions to their congestion, pollution, and unpredictability issues that have plagued the region’s larger cities.

GEEKWIRE: PORTLAND QUIETLY LAUNCHES MOBILE LOCATION DATA PROJECT WITH ALPHABET’S CONTROVERSIAL SIDEWALK LABS

Portland launched the first phase of a project using mobility software to collect data on how its residents move throughout the city. The purpose is to gain insight on work commutes, how ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft affect traffic congestion, and the number of cyclists that use protected bike lanes. Controversial for surveillance concerns, the Replica software used will deidentify the mobile location data.

IOT NEWS: SCHOOL’S IOT NETWORK TEACHES STUDENTS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

A school in Sheffield, England set up an IoT network on its campus to teach its students about the new technology and how it can monitor climate change. Made possible by the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, the network enables thousands of devices to connect to it and consists of Raspberry Pi microcomputers fitted with sensors to measure temperatures, pressure, three-axis motion, and compass heading, among other things.