STATE SCOOP: NEW YORK CITY DEBUTS FOR-HIRE VEHICLE DATA HUB
The new data hub will inform residents and policymakers about the movements of taxis, cars, and ride-hailing vehicles in New York City. Officials hope that this will reduce congestion and improve driver safety by displaying data visualizations, trend graphs, and changes in movement over time.
By the end of 2019, 3,000 Parisian benches will be equipped with beacon sensors, to quantify how many people use the benches and for how long. The benches will gather data in two ways; passive data collection and permission-based surveys. Planners hope to learn more about movements around the city and people’s thoughts about the different areas.
SMART CITIES DIVE: UTAH RESEARCHERS ANALYZE TRANSIT DATA TO DETERMINE POLLUTION OFFSETS
University of Utah researchers studied rider data to find out how passengers on public transit reduced emissions when compared to solo car drivers. Although transit riders did offset 1.5 percent of the area’s on-road greenhouse gas emissions, the transit vehicles still need to be improved to further reduce emissions.
GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: LESSONS FROM CARY, N.C.’S ‘LIVING LAB’ FOR CONNECTED TECH
The connected community in Cary, N.C. is testing technology in government buildings and departments, and finding best practices for tech and applications. Officials have found that open APIs, secure data, and enterprise systems are all important aspects of a smart and connected city.
In Singapore, robotic software is now working alongside civil servants to assist with routine and repetitive tasks. The Robotic Process Automation (RPA) tool allows government employees to devote time to more complex work, while helping streamline tedious processes.