Philadelphia Kicks Off Smart City Planning Workshop

Published: October 20, 2017

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Philadelphia hosted a SmartCityPHL Readiness Workshop to hear from city leaders, businesses, civic organizations and other groups for feedback as the city develops a smart city strategic plan.

Philadelphia wants to hear from an entire cross-section of the community as it develops a "road map" to deploy smart cities technologies. The city hosted a SmartCityPHL Readiness Workshop on Thursday, October 12 as part of its process to develop a plan for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion, and investment.

Cities across the country have begun to think creatively about how to use technology to make government work more efficiently and better serve residents as they embrace the smart cities movement. For example, Seattle has hired a Smart City Coordinator to oversee efforts in transportation and public utilities. Miami is planning a pilot program using geographic information system data, sensors, and other technologies to aid planning efforts to counter rising sea levels. Orlando hopes to develop a smart city plan that will improve the tourist experience through better transportation.

Philadelphia is taking an approach to planning that will incorporate many stakeholders and their input, which will lead to more effective outcomes when it comes to implementing the larger plan. City officials have thrown around ideas such as smart lighting, smart metering, and affordable housing, with the idea being to make the City work more efficiently, but also to benefit the lives of everyday residents and bring equity to the diverse city ecosystem.

Source: GovTech