New York named world’s smartest city

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The US city of New York was named 2016’s world smartest city during the World Smart City Awards held at the Smart City Expo World Congress.

The awards recognised New York city for its smart city programme ‘Building a Smart + Equitable City.’

New York’s smart city programme was designed and is led by the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation.

The New York smart city initiative aims to enhance research, development and deployment of IoT technologies to improve the standard of life for residents.

The smart city programme includes projects such as LinkNYC which was designed to accelerate the rollout of IoT connectivity solutions.

Through the MarketplaceNYC project, the city helps government agencies to implement the latest smart technologies to optimise their operations.The initiative aims to expand market opportunities for smart city technologies in New York.

UrbanTechNYC provides equipment and testbeds for research, development and testing of new IoT solutions.

NYC smart city programmes and grid management

Jeff Merritt, director of Innovation at the New York Mayor’s Office of Tech + Innovation, said: “When used effectively, IoT devices—like sensors that capture pollution in the air or lights that only turn on when someone is in the room—can produce cost savings, bolster civic engagement, and strengthen public health and safety.

“As cities move forward into the future, municipal leaders must also be cognisant of, and actively mitigate, the challenges and risks raised by these technologies, most notably in areas of public privacy and security.”

Projects being implemented under the New York smart city initiative include $20 million connected EV and charging pilot project. [US gov announces $165m for smart cities development].

Austrian research firm Aspern Smart City Research was also recognised for implementation of an Integrated Energy pilot project.

In the pilot, Aspern is testing its energy management solution to analyse energy consumption data of multiple facilities at the same time to optimise a region’s grid network and reduce carbon emissions.

 

Image credit: www.hdwallpapers.com.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.