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Start-ups awarded for commitment to connectivity and climate

The council wants to shine a light on smaller companies that are blazing new trails towards smart

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Placemeter’s latest feature allows users to see how fast people, bikes and vehicles move through a city

Reduction of energy usage and emissions are “the why” behind the dedication of their engineers, says StratIS

OperaSoft’s solution is to transform a municipality into a smart city “responsibly”

Three start-up companies have been honoured in the Smart Cities Council’s inaugural Innovation Alley Awards. The awards from the world’s biggest smart cities network recognise commitment to providing municipalities with effective solutions to manage urban growth. They were held as part of Smart Cities Week in the US.


Placemeter, which has developed an urban intelligence platform, won the Innovation Alley Connectivity Award, while StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award. StratIS is a software-as-a-service platform which aims to change how people manage access, energy and automation for apartment homes and campuses while OperaSoft provides turnkey mobile resource management and decision support systems to municipalities.


Participating companies were judged by a committee including Cheryl Foil of Kiddar Capital and Jeremy Goldberg of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation Start-up-in-Residence programme.


"Smart Cities Week is North America’s leading smart city conference. We wanted to use that popularity to shine a light on start-ups and smaller companies that are blazing new trails towards smart, sustainable cities with improved livability, workability and sustainability,” said Smart Cities Council chairman Jesse Berst. “We can’t spend our way out of our urban problems, but we can innovate our way to a better future."


Placemeter received the Connectivity Award for most effectively enhancing connectivity between local governments and residents. The award marks a special milestone for Placemeter as it aligns with the release of Speed Distribution, a new feature that allows users to see how fast people, bikes and vehicles move through their city.


“We are honoured to be recognised by a selective committee at the most important smart cities event in the United States,” says CEO and founder Alex Winter. “The award highlights the value of urban intelligence for all stakeholders in a city, from agencies to individuals.”


StratIS and OperaSoft were both awarded the Environmental Impact Award for their contributions towards reductions in carbon emissions.


“Our Team at StratIS is delighted to receive the Environmental Impact Award,” says CEO Felicite Moorman. “As the leading provider of access, energy and automation in commercial residential buildings, it’s the reduction of energy usage and carbon emissions that are “The Why” behind the dedication of our phenomenal engineers. This recognition is incredibly meaningful.”

OperaSoft also received the Environmental Impact Award for their SimpliCity solution’s in-vehicle terminal mobile application. The solution not only guides drivers turn by turn for the most efficient routes to reduce carbon emissions, but also manages the rate that the materials are distributed during operational events. Whether for summer or winter, SimpliCity enables cities to save thousands on materials and time spent while also lowering the cost of annual road repairs.


OperaSoft’s General Manager Jean-Pierre Habib was proud to accept the award on behalf of the entire company which has always placed the environment "at the forefront" of its initiatives. He followed up by saying that “one of our main goals in transforming a municipality into a Smart City is to help them reduce their costs and in-turn their environmental footprint to not only transform a city, but to do it responsibly.”


Launched in 2012, the Smart Cities Council is the author of the Smart Cities Readiness Guide which provides guiding principles and best practices for an integrated, cross-cutting smart city. It was developed based on discussions with hundreds of cities and solution vendors, and has been applied all over the world. The Council is comprised of more than 120 partners and advisors.


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