San Diego, CA prepares local organizations for cybersecurity threats with its Regional Cyber Lab
San Diego used U.S. Department of Homeland Security grants for this free cybersecurity resource. Small businesses evaluate their incident response plans and conduct ransomware tests in the 3D Cyber Incident Simulator. Ethical hacking tools including The Free Range and The Haiku Range test cybersecurity defenses in safe environments. The Regional Cyber Lab website connects users to best practice guides, cybersecurity news, and workshops led by industry experts.
San Diego, CA
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
Boulder, CO tracks traffic incidents throughout the city with its Crash Data Dashboard
The interactive dashboard maps every traffic crash reported to local police since 2017. Users find current-year data on total crashes and fatalities when first opening the dashboard. Visualizations of historical crash severity and types present trends in traffic safety. Pinpoints on the Crash Data Dashboard map open to details including location, weather conditions, and time of day. Boulder will use the dashboard for future safety improvements to its Core Arterial Network.
Burlington, ON educates the public on the Private Tree By-law with its online tree protection guide
The Private Tree By-law requires permits prior to the removal or injury of select trees on private property. A 23-page guide explains the benefits of urban forestry and differentiates the Private Tree By-law from the Public Tree By-law. Guide authors included situations requiring city permits as well as tips for working around trees without causing damage. The guide also contains a step-by-step guide for permit applications including a sample Tree Protection Plan.
Dallas, TX protects community from mobile device security threats with Dallas Secure app
Dallas and local firm Zimperium designed the free app for cybersecurity threats faced by mobile device users. Dallas Secure automatically identifies phishing links, unsecured connections, and malware even without a connection. App users receive recommendations for improving device security with each identified threat. There was a privacy-first procedure during the app's development with no personal data collection and monitoring limited to necessary device features.
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.
Boulder, CO enhances communications during emergency situations with Zonehaven AWARE platform
Boulder and Zonehaven divided the city into 43 zones on an interactive map. First responders update each zone with localized information during emergency situations. Residents consult their Zonehaven AWARE zones for shelters, evacuation routes, and other instructions. Local officials include a link to the mapping tool within emergency notification texts. The city views the map as a complementary resource for timely information during natural and man-made emergencies.
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
Guelph, ON adopts eleven-x smart parking technology for improved enforcement and planning
Guelph and eleven-x plan implementation of the eXactpark system across two stages. The initial stage adds SPS-X sensors to 250 downtown parking spaces with another 1,750 spaces connected during the second stage. SPS-X sensor data on vehicle occupancy of public parking spaces feed into the eXactpark platform. City officials will use parking data for enforcement of its two-hour free parking initiative and more precise allocation of resources to parking services.
San Jose, CA improves public access to police misconduct complaints with its SB 1421 Records Portal
California's SB 1421 expands public records access to complaints about officer-involved shootings and bodily injury cases. The Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation and the Independent Police Auditor developed a portal for complaint searches dating back to 2000. Users can peruse a list of the most recent complaints or filter by complaint type and date. The SB 1421 Records Portal will hosts complaints related to discriminatory behavior, unlawful searches, and use of excessive force by 2023.
San Jose, CA
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
Wellington, VIC Our Sustainability Impact tool tracks progress toward council's net-zero goals
This interactive tool provides transparency for the shire's climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. A Virtual Tour presents revegetation, EV charging, and solar power projects taking place throughout Wellington. Community members also find detailed plans in five areas including Environmental Stewardship and Low Carbon Economy. Each section contains planned council projects and metrics for success as established in Wellington's Sustainability Strategy 2020-24.
Wellington City Council, NZ partners with Reveal on a digital twin of the city's underground
City officials wanted an accurate depiction of subsurface conditions as part of its long-term transportation improvement effort. The world-first underground digital twin was built with data from 360-degree cameras, laser scans, and radar. A 3D model spanning 50 hectares of Wellington's busiest neighborhoods depicts everything from utility lines to underground voids. Reveal's work supports community decision-making about public works projects needed to support a growing population.
Wellington City Council, NZ
Seattle, WA introduces Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit for road tests of self-driving technology
The new permitting process requires advance notification of vehicle testing by automakers and tech firms. Permit applicants supply proof of insurance, histories of past collisions or moving violations, and contact information to the city. Self-driving vehicles used in testing must have human observers on board and display company logos. Each applicant must also host two community outreach events explaining safety precautions before their permit is issued.
Kincardine, ON expands access to primary and emergency care with Physician Recruitment Incentive
Local officials identified only 10 family physicians for 14,000 local residents. The incentive program offers financial assistance for moving and professional costs based on each recruit's needs. Kincardine encourages temporary appointments with local healthcare providers by providing free housing at a city-owned property and two homes owned by The Society of United Professionals. A full-time physician recruiter works with volunteer ambassadors to welcome physicians to the community.
Los Angeles, CA Sidewalk and Transit Amenities Program converts bus stops into mobility hubs
Project partners Tranzito, Vector Media, and Black & Veatch will upgrade 3,000 bus shelters ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympics. Proposed shelter designs incorporate digital displays for improved communications with commuters and charging capabilities. Select bus shelters combine expanded shade from the sun with solar panels for zero-emissions operations. Package lockers and micromobility stations turn bus stops into vital resources for community members.
Los Angeles, CA
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.
Angus Council, GB integrates Cadcorp cloud-based GIS tools for high-quality customer service
The council's 2022 to 2025 plan sets a goal of improved customer service through technology. Cadcorp's SIS WebMap app integration with the existing Report It tool supports map-based reports of issues like missing bins and excessive noise. This cloud-based tool replaces web-based GIS mapping for 300 council employees. The Spatial Database Service and SIS Desktop provide easy-to-use maintenance methods for data used in council interactions with residents.
Angus Council, GB
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.