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Research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) has named the winners of its third annual Smart Cities North America Awards.

The awards recognise the progress made by cities in North America in deploying innovative technologies such as cloud, IoT, data analytics and in engaging in unique partnerships, funding models and community involvement.

The awards provide a platform for sharing best practices in project deployment.

The winning projects, by category include:

  • Washington DC has won in the Smart Buildings category for using open source tools to acquire energy and performance data from municipal buildings. This helped advance Washington DC’s climate action plan.
  • There has been a tie in the Smart water category. The North America Regional Water Level Monitoring Data Sharing pilot which was implemented by the towns of Cary, Morrisville, and Holly Springs and US cities of Raleigh and Wilson, Wake County, and North Carolina Emergency Management has won together with the Smart City Accelerator Programme deployed by the Canadian city of Markham in Ontario.
  • St Petersburg in partnership with the University of South Florida won the Sustainable Infrastructure award.
  • In Transportation – Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing category, Peachtree Corners received the award.
  • Miami-Dade County in Florida won the Transportation Infrastructure award, whilst Santa Clara County in California has been recognized for urban planning and land use.

Click here to learn more about the winning projects.

Ruthbea Yesner, vice president of IDC Government Insights and Smart Cities Strategies, said: “It is clear from the overwhelming number of impressive responses we received to our third annual SCNAA awards, government officials across the country are committed to implementing innovative Smart City initiatives, designed to bring about meaningful changes to the way we live, work, play and interact.

“Winners on this list represent the best and brightest change agents within government and their successful projects offer a roadmap to others looking to implement effective change and radically transform urban environments for the better.”