Smart cities are sprouting all over the United States landscape. Using technology to rethink public transportation, reimagine infrastructure, and solve public funding issues, these cities are at the top of the innovative technology list.
1. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is quickly becoming an important tech city. Not only does the city boast more than 70 colleges and universities, it’s also one of the first cities in the U.S. to create and name an Innovation District. This district is located along Boston’s waterfront and provides a space for the city’s budding technology companies and communities.
2. New York City, New York
Largely thanks to the 2009 development of the IBM Business Analytics Solution Center, NYC ranks at the top of the list for one of the “smartest” cities on the planet. The IBM Business Analytics Solution Center applies technological solutions to regularly occurring problems, such as preventing fires and stopping government fraud. The technology that IBM has provided, combined with the city’s own resources, has resulted in massive savings for the city of New York while also creating a better atmosphere for residents.
3. Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is on the verge of becoming one of the “smartest” transportation cities in the United States. Columbus was just awarded $40 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be used to completely revamp the city’s transportation system. Columbus plans to use data analytics and cloud storage to clear traffic congestion, provide transportation to impoverished communities, and create needed resident services.
4. Seattle, Washington
The city of Seattle is working to improve bike lanes for cyclists using the latest in engineering technology. The initiative is called Complete Streets, and it aims to make the city safer for both cyclists and drivers. Through data and analytics, the Complete Streets team will rebuild major highways and roads to include bike lanes and lanes that are large enough for Seattle’s heavy automotive traffic.
5. Roanoke, Virginia
Roanoke makes this list due to the city’s major social media presence. Almost all of Roanoke’s government offices are connected to some form of social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in order to better communicate with residents. Anyone residing in Roanoke can check the city’s website for quick social media links and find information about anything from city policies to snow removal on sites like Facebook. Based on the information the city has gathered from its social media feeds and campaigns, resident services have been improved and changed to fit resident requirements.
Connecting With the Crowd
Analytics and data drive the U.S. smart cities included in this list. Using this information, these Smart Cities have been able to address resident concerns head-on (and sometimes, as is the case with social media, in real time). Fixing problems plaguing city residents makes for a better quality of life for both cities and citizens.