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Dallas pilots more smart city solutions

Solutions aim to address traffic, parking, conservation, connectivity and mobility in the city

Projects include smart irrigation, smart water management and smart parking
Projects include smart irrigation, smart water management and smart parking

City of Dallas, Texas, has announced six new smart city programmes designed to improve access, increase conservation, bridge the digital divide, and to help residents and visitors navigate through the city more easily.


The effort is led by the Dallas Innovation Alliance, a non-profit that brings the public and private sector together to design and execute a smart city strategy for Dallas.


These solutions will soon be integrated into the “living lab”, a corridor in the West End Historic District in Downtown Dallas.


“It is only through key partnerships and the vision of the city of Dallas that we have been able to build the most robust and fastest-to-market smart city pilot in the country here in Dallas,” said Jennifer Sanders, executive director, Dallas Innovation Alliance.


“With the launch of this second phase of projects in the West End, living lab data will grow more robust and provide even better insights as we look to scale more broadly across the city.”


New projects include:


Smart irrigation offering smart controllers that utilise weather data to improve water conservation and leak detection, at Dealey Plaza from partner HydroPoint Data Systems;


Smart water management, including metering to provide more granular interval data for customer conservation, as well as leak and tamper detection via water analytics dashboards from Itron;


Smart parking efforts with utilisation, traffic flow and spot availability from Dallas start-up ParkHub;


AT&T smart cities digital infrastructure powered by City IQ by Current delivering nodes with initial applications that will include “TrafficPulse,” “ParkingView” and “CitySight,” respectively;


Public wi-fi in the living lab led by the city of Dallas and powered by AT&T, Cisco, Nokia, and Scientel Solutions;


Mobility initiative Toyota Motor North America in South Dallas, currently in the research phase.


The Dallas Innovation Alliance smart cities living lab, powered by AT&T launched in March 2017, and today works with more than 20 city departments and 30 partner organisations to create solutions to benefit the people of Dallas.


“Investing in smart cities technology is a commitment to address the needs of citizens today and in the future,” added Mike Zeto, general manager, AT&T Smart Cities.


“The city of Dallas is doing important work, testing solutions that can lead to improved public safety, citizen engagement and environmental sustainability. Key learnings from the Living Lab will prove invaluable as we work to scale these types of solutions to more cities across the country.”


The new initiatives announced build on current projects including intelligent LED street lighting from GE and Philips, solar-powered environmental sensors from Ericsson, the Interactive Digital WayPoint kiosk from Civiq Smartscapes and pedestrian beacons from EB systems.


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