Smart City Heuristics Engine

Municipal planning and mobility infrastructure is undergoing a
smart city technology disruption.

What is this current and future path?

It starts with planning. According to the American Planning Association, cities are focused on “Hyper-local data-driven decision making,” which is part of a “Smart City” technology-driven planning platform and implementation Eco-system.

What is the catalyst for this planning approach? Denser cities, more cars on the road, limited infrastructure, and cars and truck that are technology enabled as moving edge devices. So, what is an edge mobility device? A connected device under the guise of IoT (Internet of Things) that allows a user to launch an application such as Apple CarPlay, resulting in user’s vehicle becoming an extension of their iPhone. So a critical link to this digital metamorphosis is also part of the burgeoning electric vehicle demand across the full spectrum of transportation. Smart City Heuristic Engine and P2P-Heuristics is at the epicenter of connective planning and implementation technologies in this ever-evolving landscape.

But what defines a smart city?

It truly is the platinum standard for city planning and future economic development, involving technologies that embrace communication from city infrastructure, mobility, environmental, public and private planning, and implementation models that are truly scalable and foster quality of life standards that become community benchmarks.

To address the Hyper Driven decision-making at a local level, P2P-Heuristics has developed a mesh technology stack approach with the integration of a data-rich Smart City Digital Twin (SCDT) footprint as defined by the American Planning Association (APA) PAS Quicknotes, Issue 89. The three primary data SCDT components:

•      Human systems (government, industry, and residents)
•      Infrastructure systems (physical systems and the services they provide)
•      Technology systems (devices, sensors, and data analytics infrastructure)

Thus assisting a partner city in maximizing the current data model for future mobility, EV, curb management, smart city strategies, and implementation from these three data buckets as listed above.

What is a Smart City Digital Twin (SCDT)?

SCDTs are built upon the inputs of high-resolution human and sensor-generated city data. As outputs, SCDTs use virtual reality, augmented reality, the internet of things, and artificial intelligence to create data-rich visual exploration environments for collaborative decision-making. Such a data-integrated digital replica of a city provides a new dimension of context. The location-specific nuances across diverse inputs are captured and incorporated into a common ground for enhanced decision-making. A data-rich SCDT brings together human, and infrastructure data gathered via legacy and current data, city envelope characteristics, strategically placed sensors, crowd-sensing mobile applications, social media, and other means, allowing city officials and planners to virtually access the city’s data in the past, present, and future.

The P2P-Heuristics’ Smart City Heuristics Engine is a software and hardware platform that leverages AI/ML to analyze operational data in a city or region.

This engine identifies patterns and trends in legacy, current and actionable data, such as busy times of the day and systems availability, such as curb management.

This engine adds context to the data by incorporating geographic location and historical information, providing the city decision-makers and community with ongoing modeling assets to simulate and plan. It also includes the ebb and flows across other relevant information, such as nearby businesses, public transportation, and multi-model and zoning requirements to help with mobility issues and improve livability.

Garnering valuable insights and that help cities optimize their mobility and operations by processing and analyzing large amounts of data and converting it into actionable recommendations.

Smart City News

Oakland, California, aims to improve curb management with smart loading zones ↗

The city is working with tech company Populus to allow commercial fleet operators to automatically pay for curb use by the minute to address growing deliveries and crowded curbs.

Chicago may test parking enforcement tech to cut traffic deaths ↗

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the technology could help the city address its rising traffic fatalities, which climbed over 50% between 2019 and 2021.

Smarter Parking Could Reshape the Urban Landscape ↗

Arlington County, Va., has announced a partnership with parking technology maker eleven-x for a pilot project to bring sensor technology to some 4,500 public parking spaces. The pilot lays the foundation for other enhancements.

Colorado Springs, Colo., Wants to Be ‘Smartest Smart City’ ↗

Existing projects include the pilot streetlight program, during which lights were outfitted with sensors to collect weather and ozone data, and equipping trash cans with sensors that can notify staff when they get full.

Chicago adopts citywide equity and resiliency plan ↗

The We Will Chicago plan aims to address eight issue areas, including housing and economic development, in its 40 goals and 150 objectives. 

Virginia county launches smart parking pilot ↗

Arlington County, Virginia, has partnered with eleven-x to install approximately 5,000 sensors in on-street parking stalls, allowing drivers to use signs and an app to get real-time information about parking availability.

In EV adoption, most US states lag California ↗

Greater investment in charging infrastructure could help build consumer acceptance of electric vehicles, auto industry experts from PricewaterhouseCoopers said.

EV charging infrastructure is “inadequate and plagued with non-functioning stations”: J.D. Power ↗

Roughly one in five public charging attempts fails, with 72% of them attributed to equipment issues. “Just adding stations isn’t the answer … we need to make sure those stations are reliable,” one J.D. Power executive said.

Smart city conferences to attend in 2023 ↗

From electric vehicles and micromobility to housing and climate resiliency, here are some notable events for smart city leaders this year.

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