Categories include civic engagement, digital equity, urban planning, sustainable infrastructure and others.
Kansas City, Missouri, was among the state and city governments recognized in the International Data Corporation's inaugural Smart Cities North America Awards in 2018. (Getty Images)
The International Data Corporation, a market research firm, has announced the winners of its inaugural IDC Smart Cities North America Awards.
The company's Government Insights division created these awards, the winners of which were announced on Wednesday, to recognize the progress that North American local governments have made in advancing technology in their cities. Alongside 15 cities, the State of Arkansas was the lone state recognized, awarded for its public school computer network.
The group defines smart cities as communities that are using technology to make their environments more livable and economically stable. Sixteen honorees were recognized in 14 categories, from civic engagement and digital equity to urban planning and sustainable infrastructure:
- Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing, Ride-Sharing: Ann Arbor, Michigan - Safety Pilot Model Deployment and Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment
- Transportation Infrastructure: Detroit, Michigan - Smart Intersections
- Smart Buildings: Miami, Florida - How Miami-Dade Water Gets Smarter with the Internet of Things
- Sustainable Infrastructure - TIE: Spokane, Washington - Urbanova and San Diego, California - San Diego Deploys World’s Largest Network of IoT Sensors on City Streetlights
- Smart Water: Virginia Beach, Virginia - The StormSense Project
- Civic Engagement: Kansas City, Missouri - KCMO = The World’s Most Connected Smart City
- Administration: Arlington, Texas - Operations and Asset Management Platform
- Emergency Management: El Paso, Texas - El Paso Regional Communications
- Education - TIE: Abilene Christian University Campus, Abilene, Texas - Lightwalk; and the State of Arkansas - Arkansas Public School Computer Network (APSCN)
- Urban Planning and Land Use: Austin, Texas - Austin, Texas Tests Waterproof and Environmentally Controlled Mini-Vaults Placed Under ADA Curb Ramps at Street Intersections for the Placement of Smart City Technology and Battery Backup
- Public Health and Social Services: Boston, Massachusetts - Boston's Safest Driver
- Digital Equity and Accessibility: New York City, New York - Free TransitWirelessWiFi
- Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces: Little Rock, Arkansas - River Lights in the Rock
- Police and Law Enforcement: Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Baton Rouge Public Safety Common Operational Platform
Winners will be honored at a smart cities event held in New York from May 8 to May 10.