By Data-Smart City Solutions • August 23, 2019

ED SCOOP: NEVADA’S NEW DATA TOOL SHOWS HOW SAFE STUDENTS FEEL AT SCHOOL

Nevada released an online tool in early August comprised of years of data on students’ perceptions of their schools for districts and officials to look through. The state has been using this type of survey since 2015 to improve school environment and safety. The new tool maps out student survey results over time, comparing and individual school to district or statewide-level trends and describes school climate in four sectors: physical safety, emotional safety, cultural and linguistic competence, and relationships. 

STATE SCOOP: MINNESOTA KICKS OFF DATA-ANALYTICS PILOT TO REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has announced a statewide data analytics pilot to study and reduce traffic congestion, with an emphasis on the state’s rural roads and intersections that have relatively little data compared to more metropolitan parts of Minnesota. With technology from Iteris, a company that develops traffic-measuring sensors and software, the state will use data from cell phones and GPS services within cars to monitor roadways. 

GEEKWIRE: SEATTLE AWARDS $320,000 TO NON-PROFITS WORKING TO IMPROVE TECHNOLOGY ACCESS

As part of Seattle’s Technology Matching Fund, the city’s latest investment will donate $320,000 in cash, labor, software, and hardware to broaden technology access in marginalized communities. Seattle chose eleven recipients from a pool of 47 applicants for the grants, which will include projects addressing coding and web design training for low-income women of color, a computer lab for people experiencing homelessness, and other programs narrowing the digital skills gap in Seattle.

GOV INSIDER: THAILAND WILL USE SMART GRID TO PREDICT OUTAGES

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) in Thailand plans to use data from a smart grid and smart meters to track and predict electricity outages and understand why some customers don’t pay on time. The MEA plans to build a smart grid covering nine kilometers, which will also improve Thailand’s connectivity infrastructure through 5G technology. 

NEXT GOV: HOW CITIES ARE GETTING SMARTER

With smart technology being applied broadly by city governments, this article highlights three areas where those governments are making progress: crime prevention and reduction, transportation infrastructure, and water and power systems. The article additionally provides examples of efforts in each of these categories from big cities like Los Angeles to smaller municipalities like Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

SPRINGWISE: STARTUP USES AI TO PREDICT WEATHER AND OTHER TRANSPORT DELAYS

A UK-based startup, Immense, has created AI-powered simulation software that could cut down on travel and transportation issues by helping private companies and cities plan for extreme weather. From real-time information, the software creates digital simulations of transportation infrastructure and travelers to find look for ways to improve travel by testing alternative routes for the future.