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Philadelphia releases smart city roadmap

The roadmap aims to guide the city in implementing technology that will add value to Philadelphia’s diverse communities

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Philadelphia releases its roadmap to becoming a smart city
Philadelphia releases its roadmap to becoming a smart city

Philadelphia has released its smart city roadmap, which outlines three key strategies designed to spur innovation and collaboration around smart city projects to improve service delivery to the US city’s broad and diverse community of citizens, businesses and visitors.

 

The SmartCityPHL roadmap has been led by the Office of Innovation and Technology and is supported by a working group of more than a dozen city departments, as well as community-based organisations and universities and colleges.

 

Advisory committee established

 

Mayor Jim Kenney has also signed an executive order to formally establish the SmartCityPHL initiative and the creation of the an advisory committee.

 

“The SmartCityPHL initiative will allow us to provide better services to all of our residents and prepare Philadelphia to be a city of the future,” said said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Using our great City’s assets, culture and resources, we will pursue projects that reflect the needs of Philadelphia’s communities.”

 

The roadmap consists of three core strategies:

  • Build a strong foundation with policy and infrastructure including executive leadership, a smart city director, an internal working group and the just-established external advisory committee;
  • Create a process for engagement and partnership to ensure that the voices of residents and stakeholders are included in the development and deployment of smart city technology;
  • Support and sustain implementation of projects and programmes with funding including public/private partnerships, government grants, philanthropic grants and city funding.

“The SmartCityPHL Roadmap acknowledges that digital access and adoption remain significant hurdles among Philadelphia’s communities,” said chief information officer Mark Wheeler. “The challenge is to ensure that smart city technologies are available and meaningful for all our residents.”

“The SmartCityPHL Roadmap acknowledges that digital access and adoption remain significant hurdles among Philadelphia’s communities”

The development of the roadmap and the establishment of the advisory committee follows the Office of Innovation & Technology’s award of $200,000 investment from the John S and James L Knight Foundation last year to develop a smart city strategy that would give clear and realistic guidelines on how the city could implement, support and utilise smart technology for the service of citizens.

 

The advisory committee will be comprised of 20 members who will work together to guide and support the implementation of the key actions outlined in the roadmap, identify strategic partners and opportunities, and advise on future technology development and deployment in Philadelphia. The members of this committee represent a diverse range of private, public, university, and community-based organisations.

 

“The SmartCityPHL roadmap was designed to guide the city in implementing technology that will provide value to Philadelphia’s diverse communities in many different ways, whether it be through mobility, energy, public health, or digital access,” said Ellen Hwang, smart city director in the Office of Innovation & Technology.

 

The full Roadmap can be found here.

 

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