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20 Jul

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This month’s Responsive City Intelligence Report Title – Spotlight on Equity and IIJA Funding

The IIJA fund is now be deployed across many Cities. We made a scan of what projects are priorities and the similarities between these priorities.


Update on Infrastructure Projects


For True Digital Equity, Broadband Must Come With Speed


The Fast Mode

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22 Jun 2022

People living in poverty or rural areas are more likely to lack broadband access, which is also one of the three common elements contributing to low-income zip codes – along with paying over 30% of income for rent and lacking a higher-level degree. The government is deploying billions of dollars for broadband buildouts and digital equity, and states are already developing action plans to achieve their goals by 2028. Now, we need to realize the true definition of equal access to broadband if we hope to close the digital divide for good and create an equal future. Communities with access to high-speed broadband of 1 gigabit-per-second have lower unemployment rates than those without it.

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  • Communities with access to high-speed broadband of 1 gigabit-per-second have lower unemployment rates than those without it.
  • Some suggest that patients could receive over 20% of all office, outpatient and home health costs virtually, allowing them to speak with health experts from any location without having to travel and take time away from work to get there.
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White House Considers Emergency Declaration To Fight Climate Change


Phys

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19 Jul 2022

The president does not plan to move forward on the idea this week the people said. Biden will announce the other executive action related to climate change at an event in Massachusetts Wednesday, the people said. The White House deliberations come as many Democrats on Capitol Hill are ready to move on from their yearlong strategy of advancing climate legislation—with hundreds of millions of dollars in clean energy tax credits—through a fast-track budget process. Sen. Ed Markey has lobbied the White House to seize emergency authority.

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  • By declaring a national emergency, Biden can tap into more than 100 special powers normally designed to address hurricanes, terrorist attacks and other unforeseen events.
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Real-Time Traffic Cameras A Possibility On George Washington Parkway


Wtop

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20 Jul 2022

While many major commuter routes in Virginia and across the D.C. region are equipped with traffic monitoring cameras, most roads maintained by the National Park Service, including the George Washington Parkway, Clara Barton Parkway, Suitland Parkway and Rock Creek Parkway, lack them. WTOP Traffic WTOP has learned that an upcoming major rehabilitation of the George Washington Parkway’s northern section will lay the groundwork — literally — for live traffic cameras along a 7-mile stretch of the roadway running from the Capital Beltway to Spout Run. The George Washington Parkway carries about 70,000 drivers daily.

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  • The NPS and the Federal Highway Administration awarded the $161 million contract — one of the largest infrastructure investments funded by the 2020 Great American Outdoor Act — in December.
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With It Modernization Plan, Chicago Aims For More Accessible, Transparent And Secure Data


Smart Cities Dive

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13 Jul 2022

Modernizing Chicago’s information technology systems to reduce the cost and burden of receiving city services and improve data access is the goal of a new city initiative Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced in late June with the city’s Assets, Information and Services Department. Chicago’s approach as outlined in its 2021 IT Strategic Plan , which allocates up to $400 million for digital transformation, is the most modern and comprehensive among U.S. cities, government IT experts say. Dive Insight: Chicago, like many cities across the U.S., has for years struggled with paper-intensive systems, old computers and fragmented data.

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  • Chicago’s initiative builds on the 2020 launch of the Chicago Connected public-private partnership, which provides free high-speed internet to 100,000 Chicago households with public school students for up to four years, and the Chicago Digital Equity Council, which brings together community leaders, community-based organizations, government, and digital equity experts, two of the city’s existing efforts to address barriers to digital equity and reduce the digital divide.
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Europe, Asia Pacific Lead Smart Cities Index – For Connectivity, Services, Engagement


Enterprise IoT Insights

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24 Jun 2022

In order, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Beijing, London, and Seoul ranked as the top five smart cities, or ‘digital cities’, in a new study by Economist Impact. New York, Sydney, Singapore, Washington DC, and Paris rounded out the top 10, meaning Europe and Asia Pacific contributed four entries each in the top-10 list, and the US contributed two. Cities with very defined goals performed the best, said Economist Impact.

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  • A statement said: “The results show how cities are performing in terms of both quantitative metrics like internet speed and qualitative factors such as the presence of strategies, policies and plans for technologies like 5G and AI.”
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Cities Deploy Google-Made Smart-City Stickers To Build Trust In Iot Surveillance Tech


Enterprise IoT Insights

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14 Jul 2022

It has taken three years to appear, but four cities are to adopt and test a set of visual icons, originally developed and announced as part of the Google parent-company Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs project, on smart-connected infrastructure around their streets and neighbourhoods. The initiatives are mainly to build citizen trust in new urban IoT tracking and monitoring gadgetry, and particularly in surveillance and data-capture tech – which risks being, even, vandalised and removed because of a fundamental lack of public faith in smart-city tech. Sidewalk Labs released a set of mock-up icons back in 2019 to work like food nutrition labels for emerging digital systems in public spaces.

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Boston Joins Project To Grow Transparency Around Urban Tech


Government Technology

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9 Jul 2022

A project unfolding in several cities is taking steps to advance transparency around this sort of urban technology. Helpful Places , a startup with a mission to increase transparency and communication related to urban tech, has launched the Digital Trust for Places and Routines project, described as an “open source communication standard” for cities to adopt. Four cities — Boston; Washington a small Canadian city near Toronto; and the Angers-Loire metropolitan region in France — will participate in a monthslong study as they install signage on urban tech devices to better inform the community about the nature of the technology and why it’s there.

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“So we’re really excited about the opportunities to have signage on these sort of things, and have signage that enables conversation. “ Transparency and the accountability that comes with it, is not enough said Deshpande.

“We want it to be a back and forth where we can listen to people,” said Deshpande.

“We want everybody in Boston to have a sense of ownership around city technology.”

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Las Vegas Rolls The Dice On A Smart, Data-Driven Future


Enterprise IoT Insights

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22 Jun 2022

As part of its smart city vision, Las Vegas has invested in a private LTE network and range of IoT initiatives With its iconic, glittering and air-conditioned high-rises, Las Vegas rises out of a hostile, arid desert climate, standing as…


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“That’s all I need. People want hope; I hope I can demonstrate that. It’s a bright future though. Las Vegas, as a community, is doing great things.”

Big picture on municipal connectivity, “We look at it just like a sewer system. In the 10 to 15-year future, every city is going to need some type of connectivity platform. We’re not going to be late. Connectivity is at the heart of everything. The technology is becoming easier, it’s becoming less expensive…There are some great opportunities.”

“Over the past six months we’ve probably had 70 or 80 cities contact us about private wireless,” Sherwood said.

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Curated By

Craig Stark

Strategy of Things, Canada


craig@strategyofthings.io

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905-301-8823

Strategy of Things 2022

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