Washtenaw County, MI implements Akila virtual assistant for automated deposit management
County officials identified Robotic Process Automation (RPA) as a solution to challenges created by increased deposits. Automation Anywhere's platform was selected for a pilot version of Akila. Its initial design focused on the automated recording of daily deposits in place of manual entries. There were zero errors reported for this task during Akila's first six months in use. Washtenaw County is evaluating expanded uses of the virtual assistant in areas like human resources and procurement.
Washtenaw County, MI
Stonnington, VIC RFID Bin Program evaluates systematic approach to curbside collection issues
Stonnington outfitted a food and organic waste collection truck with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) reader. The reader scans the RFID tag on each curbside bin for collection time and location. This data along with driver reports of collection issues are sent to the Customer Service team for timely responses. Council officials will use data from the three-month pilot to target hotspots for bin overflows, theft, and contamination.
Helsinki, FI collaborates with Geo Mobility and xyzt.ai on smart mobility analytics platform
A pilot version of Helsinki's new analytics tool feeds Geo Mobility's traffic data sets into the xyzt.ai platform. This combination creates multiple levels of traffic and mobility insights based on historical data. Municipal officials learn more about issues like vehicle near-misses with pedestrians at intersections and neighborhoods with high concentrations of tailpipe emissions. Project leaders will evaluate data limits and possibilities for a mobility-focused digital twin during the pilot.
London Borough of Camden, GB supports at-home recovery after hospital stays with Oysta device pilot
Two hundred participants received Oysta's Help at Home devices during the pilot. Eligible participants were recently discharged from hospitals but needed some form of follow-up care. Help at Home connects users to the council's Careline team via its SOS button. The device includes a fall detection sensor and programmable reminders about medication. Borough officials evaluated the pilot's impacts on available hospital beds and participant health.
London Borough of Camden, GB
Antwerpen, VAN trials Sparrow sensor technology for real-time environmental monitoring
Twenty city trucks and delivery vehicles were outfitted with Sparrow's mobile sensor nodes for the pilot. Each roof-mounted node measures nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and other air pollutants during the vehicle's daily routes. Sparrow nodes also collect information on road conditions like surface temperatures and noise levels. Ongoing data collection supports informed decisions by residents about outdoor activities, commutes, and housing.
Antwerpen [Antwerp], VAN
Hoboken, NJ promotes local shopping during the holiday season with reserved public parking pilot
Hoboken worked with ParkMobile on a reservation system for parking spots at three public garages. Shoppers can book their spaces seven days a week through ParkMobile, thus reducing time spent finding vacant spots. Garages participating in the pilot also provide up to four hours of free parking with proof of at least $20 spent at local stores and eateries. The city also offers a 50% discount for selected on-street spots with the PARKHOB code in ParkMobile.
Cincinnati, OH Alternative Response to Crisis pilot focuses on de-escalation during 911 calls
Emergency dispatchers were trained in mental health first aid and used de-escalation efforts with responders en route. This training included rerouting callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline on a case-by-case basis. An ARC Response Team staffed by a behavioral health specialist and a Fire Department paramedic replaced police responses for wellness checks. Cincinnati created a dashboard about ARC runs searchable by date, neighborhood, and issue.
Bellevue, WA works toward Vision Zero goals by implementing new traffic signal technology
Adaptive signal technology from Ouster, Outsight, and Sighthound was piloted at two downtown intersections. The AI-enabled system analyzes camera footage and LiDAR data for real-time traffic light adjustments. These insights make intersections safer by changing lights based on all traffic, a blindspot of the existing inductive-loop system. Bellevue also expanded its use of leading pedestrian intervals to 41 intersections based on video analytics showing reductions in close calls.
Westminster City Council, GB studies air quality near primary schools with Earthsense Zephyr sensors
Project partners FM Conway and WSP installed 20 sensors above the streets surrounding four schools. Sensor data on nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter are sent to a public dashboard. There is a daily update for each school based on the Air Quality Index along with advice for reducing exposure to pollutants. City officials will compare data from the one-year pilot to the previous year in evaluating local traffic's impacts on community health.
Westminster City Council, GB
Kelowna, BC develops culturally appropriate recovery services with Indigenous Harm Reduction pilot
The knknxtəwix̌ - We Walk Hand in Hand - program received CAD 662,433 from the national Substance Use and Addictions Program. This two-year pilot recruits Indigenous community members with substance use experiences as peer navigators. These trained mentors work with social work clients of similar backgrounds on harm reduction techniques. Kelowna will also develop a mobile Indigenous Harm Reduction Team and a decolonizing substance use day program.
Barrie, ON and the Canadian government collaborate on a battery-electric bus pilot for the city
Barrie and the national Zero Emissions Transit Fund share the CAD 3.3 million price tag for the pilot. Transit officials will purchase two battery-electric buses along with chargers from two manufacturers for real-world comparisons. The pilot evaluates factors like battery performance in winter, vehicle maintenance, and driver experiences in comparison to traditional buses. A successful pilot may result in an expanded or full-fleet conversion as part of the city's 2050 net-zero goal.
San Francisco, CA Guaranteed Income for Transgender People pilot addresses economic inequities
The GIFT pilot provides monthly payments of $1,200 to 55 transgender and non-binary residents. This 18-month program prioritizes applicants who are also homeless, formerly incarcerated, or live with disabilities. San Francisco is working with Lyon-Martin Community Health Services and The Transgender District on additional services like mental health counseling and financial guidance. GIFT responds to outsized poverty and discrimination faced by transgender residents.
San Francisco, CA