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New York state to select five smart city testbeds

Empire State Development is partnering with the Israel Innovation Authority to find solutions that will improve public service delivery and citizens’ quality of life.


Five cities in New York State will be chosen as smart city testbeds with funding support of up to $2 million.


The smart cities programme has been launched by New York State’s economic development organisation, Empire State Development, in collaboration with the Israel Innovation Authority.


Designated smart cities


Five cities will be designated smart cities and work with technology companies and academic experts throughout the state. They will use emerging technologies to improve government services and citizens’ quality of life.


Local governments can apply to be a designated testbed site and develop smart cities project lists to be funded through the programme. Once cities are selected, interested companies will be able to submit technological concepts and solutions to help them tackle their specific challenges. There will be a strong focus on solutions from start-ups in New York State and Israel.


Chosen municipalities will designate physical or virtual sites to pilot new technologies aimed at improving public services.


ESD will provide up to $1 million in funding and the Israel Innovation Authority, which fosters the nation’s industrial research and development, will contribute up to $1 million in additional funding for Israeli companies delivering projects in New York.


"We’re excited about the innovative ideas that will come to life through this partnership between cities, community members and technologists.”


“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has made tremendous investments to grow its technology industry and innovation economy,” said Jeremy Goldberg deputy secretary for technology and innovation. “The concept of a smarter city is about using technology to better deliver on government’s responsibility to residents: health, safety and opportunity.


"We’re excited about the innovative ideas that will come to life through this partnership between cities, community members, and technologists.”


The application period for municipalities is open and ESD will conduct webinars to answer questions about the partnership and build awareness.


Beginning in the summer, companies will be able to submit proposals that solve the locally identified problems within each chosen city.


By the end of 2020, projects will be chosen for funding and will be implemented in the municipalities in 2021. To stay up to date on programme information sessions, announcements, and key dates, interested New York municipalities, technology companies, and others can learn more here.


“Smart cities provide the opportunity to help municipalities deliver better programs and services to residents while expanding innovative industries that use technology for social impact,” said ESD acting commissioner and president and CEO-designate Eric Gertler.


“I look forward to selecting New York’s Smart Cities and helping them solve their pressing local challenges while creating investment and jobs in the New York economy.”


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