By Data-Smart City Solutions • August 9, 2019

VNEXPRESS INTERNATIONAL: FIRST AI-POWERED SOCIOECONOMIC SIMULATION CENTER OPENS IN HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City opened an artificial intelligence-powered center to simulate and predict socioeconomic patterns and trends in late July. The center will build models to predict socio-economic patterns for the southern metropolis until 2025, which will help Ho Chi Minh City address traffic congestion, flooding, and other issues in addition to bolstering confidence in foreign investors in the city.

SMART CITIES WORLD: LISBON DEVELOPS MOBILITY CATALOGUE TO ASSIST APP PROVIDERS

Lisbon, Portugal’s largest city, has a goal to transfer 150,000 daily private vehicle commuters to more sustainable modes of transportation by 2030 with a shift towards mobility-as-a-service (MaaS). To improve the use of journey-planning apps, the city is creating a mobility catalog of essential mobility infrastructure information which can be pushed out via APIs to app providers, giving them one source of accurate, up-to-date information, including common ’blind spots’ such as underpasses, bus lanes and more. The catalogue will include data on infrastructure information, real-time events, and planned transport supply information that can provide journey planner apps with more material to complement the generic information already provided.  

CITY LAB: THIS DASHCAM APP CAN MAP TRAFFIC IN NEAR-REAL-TIME

Nexar, an AI-powered traffic safety app, has a new “Live Map” feature that lets users glance at near-real-time video footage of city streets. The app utilizes smartphones like dashcams to record users’ commutes, uses artificial intelligence to predict possible traffic accidents, and stores commuting footage in the cloud which can come in handy if the user is filing an insurance claim after a crash. A new web-based live map now allows anyone to view the live footage in addition to providing information on key road features. 

GCN: NYC’S REAL-TIME CYBER DEFENSE PLATFORM

NYC Cyber Command has created an open-source, cloud-based data pipeline to serve as a security log aggregation platform that analysts could use to quickly detect and mitigate threats to city networks and systems. All of the data is captured in real time and can be accessed in several ways by security analysts, either by running queries in BigQuery or using other tools to provide visualizations of the data. 

SMART CITIES DIVE: HOW AI AND DATA TURN CITY WATER MANAGEMENT FROM AN ART TO A SCIENCE

While the majority of water infrastructure in the United States is at least 50 years old, cities like Akron, OH and Washington, D.C. have started using drones, robots, and automated systems to bring water management into the present day. In Washington, the DC Water & Sewer Authority  has reduced the need to close roads for preventative maintenance and instead uses autonomous robots and drones to collect video and feed it to Pipe Sleuth, a defect detection and classification software. In Ohio, Akron is looking to have smart meters placed in homes by 2021 that will collect readings continually for billing purposes and will have better detection processes for leaks or other incidents.

ROUTE FIFTY: HOW LIBRARIES ARE EMBRACING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The public library system in Roanoke County, Virginia is the first in the country to acquire a 4-foot-tall humanoid robot named Pepper to teach visitors about coding, data privacy, and storage in addition to making advanced technology available to everyone. The robot, manufactured by SoftBank Robotics, had previously been deployed as a greeter and receptionist in hotels before developers came up with the idea to bring the technology to public libraries. Pepper first arrived at the library last summer, answering questions, posing to selfies and telling jokes to visitors before expanding its repertoire to technology classes.