By Data-Smart City Solutions • September 27, 2019

ED SCOOP: CALIF. INTRODUCES ‘DASHBOARD WEEK’ TO RAISE AWARENESS OF SCHOOL DATA 

The California Department of Education and the State Board of Education had the first #CADashboardWeek earlier this month to advertise school and district data that has been made available to students, parents, and teachers. The California School Dashboard, a 2017 online resource, was created to give educators and parents increased transparency around student and school performance across the state and to address achievement gaps. With Dashboard Week, the state hopes to encourage parents and educators to use the online tool.

GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY: TRAFFIC DATA IS  GOOD FOR MORE THAN JUST STREETS, SIDEWALKS 

The Natural Communities Coalition, a conservation nonprofit in southern California, has been studying the impacts of annual visitors to its 22 parks and natural lands with the traffic analysis firm Streetlight Data since 2018. With information on annual average hourly traffic (AAHT) counts and monthly average daily traffic (MADT) counts, officials are able to gain insights into patterns of use not only per day, but at different times of the day, and plan for future visitor and conservation efforts.

NEXT GOV: USDA WANTS FEEDBACK FROM 2 MILLION CUSTOMERS

The US Department of Agriculture is aiming to hear from more than 2 million people through a vigorous information collection initiative to gain data on customer experience and provide insights that are applicable across the government. The ultimate goal is that the data gleaned will enable the agency to improve its products and services faster. The insights gained will eventually be offered on performance.gov to increase the accountability and transparency of federal programs. 

GCN: TESTBED FOR 5G-POWERED DRONES COMING TO NORTH CAROLINA

National Science Foundation selected Raleigh and Cary, N.C. to host the Aerial Experimentation and Research Platform for Advanced Wireless (AERPAW) in order to quality test 5G-powered drones and autonomous vehicles’ ability to be integrated into smart cities. North Carolina State University will lead the research, working with researchers at several local universities, as well as the Town of Cary, City of Raleigh, and the N.C. Department of Transportation. 

TECH REPUBLIC: CLEVELAND’S SMART STREETLIGHTS PROJECT BUILDS SMART CITY BACKBONE 

Cleveland and ST Engineering Telematics Wireless are working on a plan to convert the city's 61,000 street lights into a smart network, which has the potential to reduce annual streetlight operating costs by as much as 20% and cut the city's annual electric bill by another 50%. The new system includes features like maintenance alerts in real time, remote control of individual lights and groups of lights, and pre-programmed schedules for routine and real time management for special events.

STATE SCOOP: GLOBAL ‘SMART CITY’ NETWORK PROMISES ENHANCED COLLABORATION 

Cities Today, a magazine and research firm, is creating a new “civic technology-focused network” for city officials from more than 170 cities around the world attempting to determine how technology can be introduced effectively into urban communities. The object of the network is to provide a 24/7 communication platform between city officials and the private sector to learn from each other about civic innovation and provide support to city IT officials, who are leading innovative initiatives in their own communities.