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San Antonio advances smart cities initiatives

San Antonio City Council approved funding to support smart city initiatives in the areas of transportation, sustainability and digital connected living.

 

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The city of San Antonio plots a roadmap towards smartness
The city of San Antonio plots a roadmap towards smartness

The City of San Antonio’s Office of Innovation held a full-day Smart Cities Readiness workshop recently to develop a roadmap to guide the City towards a smart future.

 

The workshop was delivered by the Smart Cities Council, who together with its partners and advisors have contributed to more than 10,000 smart cities projects internationally.

 

More than 100 participants attended the workshop, including a dozen city departments, VIA Transit, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio River Authority, CPS Energy, Joint Base San Antonio, local chambers of commerce, non-profits, universities and leading smart cities solutions providers. Discussions included guiding principles and best practices for an integrated and cross cutting smart city.

 

San Antonio City Council approved funding to support smart city initiatives in the areas of transportation, sustainability and digital connected living.

 

“The Smart Cities Readiness Workshop is an opportunity for San Antonio to showcase its current smart city efforts and keeps our community moving forward in innovation,” said José de la Cruz, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San Antonio. “Conducting a workshop with the Smart Cities Council and local partners allows us to begin to collaborate and build stronger relationships across industries using the Smart City initiative.”

 

The seventh largest city in the US, San Antonio is diverse, internationally connected and globally competitive, with a vibranty culture and economy. It offers opportunities in industries ranging from bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cyber security, energy, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare.

 

Current smart city initiatives are focused on reducing traffic congestion, improving pedestrian safety, providing access to Wi-Fi, increasing LED street lighting in city neighborhoods, improving emergency response with the use of drones in fire operations, and enhancing customer service through the use of 311 and Parks mobile apps, and community kiosks.

 

The findings from the workshop will be further analysed and refined by San Antonio’s Office of Innovation. The City will continue to develop its smart city roadmap as the workshop provided an opportunity to share ideas and identify support from a wide range of regional stakeholders.

 

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