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The smartest cities in America

The awards showcase best practice examples in urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology and data

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Austin, Texas, won the urban planning and land use category of the IDC awards
Austin, Texas, won the urban planning and land use category of the IDC awards

Following several weeks of public voting, which brought around 3,000 votes, IDC Government Insights has announced the winners of the inaugural IDC Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA). Winners include Kansas City for civic engagement, Miami – Dade County for smart buildings, and Virginia Beach for sustainable infrastructure.

 

The new awards were designed to recognise the progress North American communities have made in executing smart cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate smart city development in the region. They showcase best practice examples in urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology (cloud, platforms, analytics, IoT, mobile solutions) and data, unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement.

 

Winners were named in 14 categories and there was a tie in both the education and sustainable infrastructure categories. Winners will be honoured at the Smart Cities New York event on 8-10 May at Manhattan’s Pier 36.

 

Administration

Arlington, TX

 

Civic engagement

Kansas City, MO

 

Connected & autonomous vehicles, public transit, ride-hailing, ride-sharing

Ann Arbor, MI

 

Digital equity and accessibility

Transit Wireless - New York, NY

 

Education

Abilene Christian University Campus, Abilene, TX

State of Arkansas

 

Emergency management

El Paso, TX

 

Police and law enforcement

Baton Rouge, LA

 

Public health and social services

Boston, MA

 

Smart buildings

Miami – Dade County, FL

 

Smart water

Virginia Beach, VA

 

Sustainable infrastructure

Spokane, WA

San Diego, CA

 

Tourism, arts, libraries, culture, open spaces

Little Rock, AR

 

Transportation infrastructure

Detroit, MI

 

Urban planning and land use

Austin, TX

 

"The overwhelming positive response to our inaugural Smart Cities North America Awards has been encouraging as winners represent the most innovative smart city projects, implemented across the country, designed to improve our cities for the betterment of its citizens," said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights: Smart Cities Strategies.

 

"We are thrilled to promote their success and offer a forum for this community to share best practices and lessons learned as government officials look to replicate similar projects in their own municipalities."

 

IDC Government Insights assists government policy, programme, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions with research and consulting services.

 

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