The leading smart cities are using emerging technologies and innovation to make their cities more livable and provide new services and economic opportunities.
IDC’s Fifth Annual North America Smart City Awards Are Official has been announced, with winners in 14 categories. The awards recognize the progress made in digital transformation. This year, IDC selected winners specifically for their foresight and effectiveness in using the technology to meet the needs of citizens.
Announcing the winners, IDC noted, “Smart Cities catalyze the digital transformation of urban ecosystems to produce systemic environmental, financial and social outcomes. Smart Cities, by definition, focus on using emerging technologies and innovation to make cities more livable and provide new services and economic opportunities. North America’s cities and communities have made significant strides in Smart Cities by leveraging technology and tailoring services to residents’ needs and expectations.”
A notable trend: This year, as in years past, brings newer, larger projects – a change from the early days of small pilots and implementations. Quite a few winners are also smaller than the big metropolises known for implementing innovative new technologies. Some of this year’s winners in various categories are:
- Schenectady, New York: Winner of the Administration category for his project, Community Officials Data Exchange CODE
- Miramar, Florida: Winner of the NextGen Emergency Services category for his project, the Miramar Records Management System.
- Brownsville, Texas: Winner of Digital Equity and Accessibility for Citywide Initiatives
- Morrisville, North Carolina: winner of a Smart Water category (next to Santa Ana, CA) for his project, Connected Parks Initiative
- St. Petersberg, Florida: winner of urban design and land use for his project, Smart Intersection-Vision Zero.
Smart city awards include public voting
The awards recognize the progress cities of all types have made in harnessing technology to improve the quality of services and mitigate adverse impacts from disruptions such as the recent pandemic. Cities have had to change the way they think about technology, and many are already on the road to using these cutting-edge solutions to transform the lives of their citizens.
Whether addressing Vision Zero, weather events or unusual disruptions like Covid-19, technology can help make cities smarter and safer for citizens while addressing growing concerns like climate change.