Browse Exhibits (9 total)


Responsive Neighborhoods and Data Analytics

In the past decade, city developers have begun using data analytics to help recognize and respond to many of the problems faced in urban life. The principle of responsive neighborhood creation is a key factor in smart city development. Implementation of a digital city plan for smart cities should include resources about the Internet of Things, cloud computing, machine learning, sensor networks, and security infrastructure. This will help improve the responsiveness of civic engagement and governance in the digital age by linking important advancements in technology and data analytics with lessons about small-group communities. Understanding how to implement these technologies will produce more competitive, agile, and economically resilient cities. Several case studies highlight the benefits of these concepts in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago and more. Expert utilization of these systems have proven to help mayors, chief technology officers, city administrators, investors, and nonprofit leaders address civic problems and security concerns that are related by inner-city limitations. 

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MSU Solar Array Carport Project

To support a growing campus, Michigan State University aims to go green, better utilize renewable energy, and save on unnecessary costs. As a result, their Board of Trustees approved the MSU Energy Transition Plan in 2012. This plan revolves around three main goal criteria to assist MSU at going green (improve the physical enviroment, invest in sustainable energy research & development, and become an educational leader in sustainable energy). 

To effectively reach all goals of the Energy Transition Plan, the MSU Solar Array Carport Project was born. Upon completion, this will be the largest solar array carport in all of North America. The project uses advanced technology to implement goals of the ETP plan - saving the university money, and bringing numerous additional benefits to MSU.

Below is a breakdown of each Energy Transition Plan goal:

1. Improve the physical environment

    a. Avoid wasteful & carbon intensive practices

    b. Improve energy efficiency

    c. Replace high carbon energy sources with lower carbon energy sources

    d. Offset emissions that cannot be avoided, reduced or replaced

2. Invest in sustainable energy research & development

    a. Position campus as a living-learning laboratory for research

    b. Support sustainable energy research programs

    c. Demonstrate sustainable energy projects on campus

    d. Streamline facilities, policies, and systems to enhance cross-disciplinary collaboration

3. Become an educational leader in sustainable energy

    a. Educate stakeholders

    b. Share energy transition process

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Smart Cities Mission

Smart Cities Mission is India's way of joining the smart city world. The Mission started in 2015 and has a goal of turning 100 cities into smart cities through urban renewal and retrofitting plans. India's government wants to create cities that promote the economy and improve the quality of life for inhabitants. 

A city that is participating in this mission is Pune. Pune has a rich, strong history and a population that represents all of India. Because of this, it is the perfect city to be a smart city and the project that exemplifies this is the Pune International Exhibition and Convention Centre (PIECC).

Though Smart Cities Mission in India is unique to India and its government, the idea of government run smart city initiatives are not singular to India. Singapore has its own version. Smart Nation Singapore is a government run initiative that is carried out through the cities and people of Singapore. Both of these smart city initiatives are working to promote economic activity and improve the overall life of its inhabitants, but Smart Nation Singapore revolves more around technology, networks and data, while Smart Cities Mission revolves around redeveloping, renewal and expansion. 

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B'Smart Baltimore Smart City Project

What technology is used?

Urban automation, connected vehicles, urban analytics, connected citizens, architecture, efficient ICT, smart land use


What are the benefits of the project?

Safety, mobility, sustainability, equity, job creation


Which groups in a city benefit  from the project?

Citizens living in Baltimore, people who commute to Baltimore for work, workers working towards the improvement of their city


What groups make decisions about the project?

The City of Baltimore, USDOT



  1. How local universities are assisting in the planning.

  2. More on how local universities are assisting in the planning.

  3. Baltimore Task Force vision statement and strategic plan.

  4. EPA Smart City Air Challenge winner.

  5. Vision for the future of transit in Baltimore.

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Smart Parking in Les Mureaux

The following is a complete overview of a smart city project in Les Mureaux, France designed to make parking more effiecent and effective for those who drive in the city. 

The project's goals, methods, and resources are all included, along with pages diving deep into the uses of technology, benefits of the project, decision making that went into the implementation, and ethical principles involved as well. 

This project is specifically relevant because it is applicable to all cities dominated by car and motor vehicle travel. It also has a global relevance, as there are other major cities in Europe and the US following suit. One example being Barcelona, who also has implemented similar sensor technology to monitor and display available parking. 

Read on to see what Les Mureaux is doing, and you can also find more information regarding the project here

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Lansing Smart Grid

To work with a big need to save money and energy Lansing has been working at two main projects: Smart Lighting and the Smart Grid. Through the Lansing Board of Water and Light, LBWL for short, the more newer changed are being managed through. Lansing government approved a small trial for the initial run for smart lighting back in 2008, and with such an overwhlming positive responce they decided to continue with it. General Manager J. Peter Lark has stated that the company has been thinking about the Smart Grid program for many years as well, and this was announced back in 2014.

Each one of these tackles a different way to address the problem:

By using smart lighting, the city of Lansing wants to address their outdated technology and replace it with better, more energy efficient technology, as well as make Lansing  much safer place to be.

By using the smart grids, the city of Lansing wants to monitor energy and water output. This will also result in cheaper and fewer bills as well as safe, responsive repair times.

Both of these projects deal with sophisticated technology and bring many benefits to both the city and its users. Through careful decision making and consideration of ethical problems these projects will bring light to Lansing.

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Grand Rapids The Things Network

The Things Network is a global, crowdsourced, open, free and decentralized internet of things network. 

Start Garden employee, Austen Dean, is focusing on implementing the use of The Things Network and it's technology in to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read direct quotes from him here.

The idea behind using The Things Network in Grand Rapids is to create a safer, cleaner environment. The network is open for anything that has an IP address so it can automatically connect to the Internet of Things(IoT) and give it data. IoT then analyzes the data and can use it to benefit society.

View this video on The Things Network to get a better understanding.


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Killing rats in Chicago

Chicago is creating algorithms from their collection of phone call complaints and social media postings over 12 years of time. They used this data to create and algorithm to predict a rat infestation 7 days before someone would see a rat. Data engineers save every tweet and Facebook post geocoded in Chicago. This info that is taken is organized as crime or sanitation complaints to look over and deal with later hoping they will be able to address all of them.

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Locking In Livability

As many policy makers and academics have described, it is very difficult to define a precise, definite way to gentrify metropolises into good, smart cities. For instance, simply defining a, “Smart City” is not explicit.

Inclusivity. Placemaking. Involvement. Community Voice. Growth. Economic Strength. Cultural Acceptance. LIVABILITY. Housing Equality. Nature. Creativity. Climate. Sustainability. Multimodal Transportation. Infrastructure.

The list goes on and on. “Smart Cities” have many different defining factors depending on the specific city and it’s needs. However, Smart Cites all work to grow in a positive manner towards the factors listed above. Inclusivity and cultural acceptance of every citizen from every background. Economic growth in order to promote the well-being of the city and provide job opportunities for its residents. Housing equality, offering fair priced housing for every income level. Creativity pertaining to art, shops, lights, infrastructure, architecture and more. Nature and climate adaptability. Placemaking promoting community involvement and voice. Finally, Livability, which adds to the quality of a community’s life. Generating a multi-faceted approach to promoting smart growth. Which, in turn, creates a location city dwellers share proudly.

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