Peachtree Corners, GA and Pipedream develop the country's first underground robot delivery route
The subterranean route covers 0.7 miles between the city-owned Curiosity Lab and a nearby shopping center. Curiosity Lab teams place orders Monday through Friday for meals and essential items with delivery in as little as five minutes. The delivery robot travels up to 15 miles per hour with order collections and deliveries placed in secured drawers. This innovation responds to concerns about tailpipe emissions and traffic congestion created by delivery services.
Peachtree Corners, GA
Graz, STE tests LMT's traffic monitoring tool for improved road safety and enforcement
Municipal officials sought a low-cost tool for capturing traffic trends and potential violations. LMT's AI-powered platform evaluates video footage and categorizes different types of traffic. This system monitors bus lane use by passenger vehicles, illegal turns, and red-light violations. Light-mounted sensors are installed and maintained without additional construction. Pilot data from a high-traffic intersection will shape Graz's future use of the technology.
Phoenix, AZ partners with Kando on AI-powered monitoring of its wastewater treatment infrastructure
Sixteen sensors were deployed at sewer drains throughout the city for a six-month pilot. Real-time data on changes in wastewater pH and temperatures caused by illegal dumping are sent to the Kando Pulse platform. Automated alerts help the city's wastewater team identify dumping incidents and isolate pollutants before they enter the treatment process. An internal dashboard provides an overview of system conditions and hotspots for dumping incidents.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB develops a 5G SMART Decarbonisation Network
Local officials are kicking off the 5G SDN by connecting air-source heat pumps in social housing to a single network. This integration is the first step toward smart grids with remote monitoring and management of environmental conditions. Manchester will also conduct a digital road pilot involving smart stoplight prioritization and public transit routing. The 5G SDN - supported by £3 million in 5G Innovation Regions funding - will expand to functions like mold detection and virtual health.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority, GB
Long Beach, CA develops Digital Rights Platform for public understanding of smart city technology
Long Beach partnered with Coding it Forward fellows on a 10-week development process for the platform's prototype. Digital Transparency in the Public Realm (DTPR) signage was placed near smart pedestrian counters and license plate readers. Passersby scanned QR codes on the signs to access easy-to-understand information on data collection and usage methods. Future plans for the first-of-its-type platform include translation into three languages and entries for other technologies in use.
Long Beach, CA
Amsterdam, NH responds to privacy concerns from mobile mapping with Blurring as a Service solution
Mobile mapping projects in Amsterdam result in street footage without anonymization. The city's Computer Vision Team developed its own algorithm for blurring personal information in panoramic images. Blurring as a Service recognizes entire people and vehicles compared to face and license plate identification used by other software. This solution protects personal privacy rights without manual editing or outside software costs.
Bellevue, WA collaborates with T-Mobile on a Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything technology pilot
T-Mobile's C-V2X prototype communicates real-time traffic conditions between traffic lights and vehicles. The system uses 5G connectivity for continuous communications with minimal delays. A mobile app for the pilot activates audio and visual alerts when the user's vehicle approaches potentially dangerous situations. Bellevue and T-Mobile selected mid-block crosswalks, school zones, and reduced-speed zones to test C-V2X's impacts on road safety.
New York, NY Smart City Testbed supports pilots for technological solutions to urban challenges
The NYC Smart City Testbed partners city agencies with selected universities and innovators for real-world testing. Successful applicants receive assistance from city departments in areas from regulatory compliance through service delivery. The applicant-funded pilots last up to nine months with eight pilots planned each year. The initial cohort of Smart City Testbed pilots includes drone assessments of building energy efficiency and automated street activity monitoring.
New York, NY
The Hague, ZH evaluates public compliance with no-fly zones during drone sensor pilot
The Hague maintains drone no-fly zones near nature areas, embassies, and other sensitive locations. A one-year pilot with local police placed radio sensors in three neighborhoods. Sensors gather data from remote control signals including drone type, altitude, and flight path. The names of drone operators are not captured by the sensor network. Local officials are considering public education for drone operators and no-fly zone changes based on pilot results.
The Hague, ZH
Charlotte, NC builds public trust in digital technology use with communication standard pilot
City officials placed Digital Trust for Places & Routines (DTPR) signs in the Belmont and South End neighborhoods. DTPR's visual patterns explain purposes, accountable organizations, and data management practices for public technology like traffic apps or EV chargers. The standard's taxonomy includes images for 53 technology types from air quality to wireless access points. Signage features QR codes for DTPR explainers and public surveys about technology use.
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB partners with Boldyn Networks on smart column pilot
Kingston received £250,000 from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology's Smart Infrastructure Pilots initiative for the two-year trial. Boldyn Networks will install 10.4 kilometers of fiber-optic line in support of 20 smart columns throughout the borough. Each column enables Wi-Fi connectivity and high-quality CCTV images. Air quality and footfall sensors are among the customization options available with this technology.
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, GB
Wellington City Council, NZ becomes the first city in New Zealand to use VivaCity traffic sensors
Eighteen VivaCity traffic-counting sensors were installed at 13 intersections to kick off the five-year project. Pole-mounted sensors gather and anonymize traffic data for categorization by transport method. The network also monitors traffic speed and congestion for ongoing analysis of local road conditions. Wellington will use long-term sensor data to inform decisions about the local bike network, event management, and behavioral change initiatives.
Wellington City Council, NZ