By Data-Smart City Solutions • October 17, 2019

NEXT GOV: A PLAN TO REDUCE BENCH WARRANTS—BY TEXT MESSAGE

Starting this month, anyone with a court date in Minnesota will receive a text message or email from eReminder, the state’s new system for reducing missed court appearances. This nudge was tested in a pilot in Hennepin County, and thanks to its success there, is being expanded across the state as a low-cost method for improving court compliance.

 

ROUTE FIFTY: WHAT’S IN A MAP? THREE WAYS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CAN LEVERAGE LOCATION INTELLIGENCE TO IMPROVE CITIES

There are many applications for mapping technology and location intelligence in city government. For example, fire departments can track fires in real time, or a city can track road congestion and quality. Recent improvements in mapping and location technology can be adopted by city governments to improve services and safety for residents, as the examples in this article show.   

 

WSB ATLANTA: NEW TRAFFIC LIGHT TECHNOLOGY HELPING FIREFIGHTERS IN METRO CITY RESPOND FASTER

Emergency response times in the City of Marietta, GA are about to get even faster, as specialized stoplights are triggered by firetrucks rushing to an emergency. The sirens and truck emergency system communicate with the smart stoplights to switch certain intersections to green lights, allowing the trucks to reduce response times and increasing road safety for other drivers.  

 

ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND: MAPPING HYPERLOCAL AIR QUALITY TO DRIVE CLEAN AIR ACTION

A new map from the Environmental Defense Fund provides pollution data for cities and counties that want to address local air quality issues. The map is part of a guide for local governments so they can use technology to track pollution and learn how to enact data-driven policies. 

 

SMART CITIES DIVE: 6 US REGIONS LEADING THE WAY ON ELECTRIC BUSES

A new report hopes to persuade more cities to switch to electric buses, based on the success stories from six US cities that have transitioned their fleets. Although many regions are hesitant to switch, due to fears around severe cold and upfront expenses, the report found that the different cities were able to maintain service in winter, and able to defray costs through innovative partnerships.