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Smart Cities

Coverage of the sensor-connected cities collecting and harnessing data on traffic, air quality, crime and more to create safer, more efficient urban centers.

Cities across Northern California are turning to AI-powered chatbots versed in dozens of languages to answer residents' questions and intake service requests for things like pothole repair, graffiti and parking fines payment.
New funding and a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy is giving six communities across the country new resources in the push to expand their use of renewable energy technology.
The shooting death of a teenager at San Francisco's Twin Peaks lookout point over the weekend has highlighted the need for new police patrols and technology in the area, officials say.
The collaboration and shared learning made possible through the smart region consortium known as The Connective enhances tech work for cities that are members — such as Phoenix, Mesa and Surprise, Ariz.
The smart region consortium for the greater Phoenix region, known as The Connective, offers members across sectors a model for collaboration and learning to develop and deploy technology solutions.
The city of Philadelphia has launched a two-year pilot project that makes free transit passes available to its more than 20,000 employees. The program promises a wealth of data and a lifeline to public transit.
What began as a project to monitor the health of tunnel ventilation systems within the rail network of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, has evolved into a citywide upgrade of building infrastructure.
The police department will be installing Flock Safety Raven gunshot audio detectors in conjunction with additional Flock Safety license plate recognition cameras. The plan is raising privacy concerns.
Chelan County PUD commissioners voted in favor of buying seven capacitor banks at about $4 million total for the upcoming Microsoft data center. The banks will ensure more efficient power delivery to the facility, officials say.
City officials hope to install more than 140 cameras at locations across Bluefield over the course of the next six months. The new cameras will be monitored by the police department and are designed to deter crime.