SMART CITIES DIVE: IN SECOND HEALTH CRISIS OF HIS TENURE, REVERE, MA'S MAYOR TAPS NEW TECH
Using lessons learned during the opioid crisis, the town of Revere is employing high-tech signage to share crucial information with residents. The digital signs display up-to-date information from local stores, the Revere government, and the Centers for Disease Control; this is especially important for the many residents who don’t have reliable internet access at home. Displayed like the front page of a newspaper, the local government can immediately update the posts through a secure site.
A digital twin is a virtual, 3-D replica of a city that allows policymakers and planners to test ideas and run scenario planning. While digital twins are not new, governments all over the world are currently using them to model pandemics, determine emotional responses to proposed changes, and assess recovery plans.
SILICON CANALS: COVID-19 STIMULATES ADOPTION OF SMART CITIES
The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected everything from the economy to infrastructure to air quality, and several European cities have used this moment to ramp up smart city development for the health and safety of residents. The move to e-governance, a focus on green mobility, and optimizing utilities are crucially important during the global pandemic and the future new normal.
State Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are coming together, sharing advice, and providing recommendations on how to use data during the pandemic. In this article, CDOs cover things like mapping, data integrity, and coordination to help other state and local governments that are using data to understand and combat the novel coronavirus.