Smart City Sensing as MAPPD Deployment Begins

This July, CUI and its partners in the City of Atlanta and beyond began the initial phase of the MAPPD project: Multi-Array Phased Participatory Deployment. The Smart City team placed its first sensor box for the North Avenue test district. In addition to advancing the technology of such sensors, the MAPPD project is committed to fostering sensor system interoperability, iterative technological improvements, public participation, and an open-data/open-innovation environment for this important emerging city planning and policy tool.

Phased Deployment:

The approach the Atlanta deployment team has selected focusses on a progressive release of technology to iterate early and often. This increases opportunities for in-action learning, community engagement and responsiveness, and integration of ongoing technical improvements, while simultaneously reducing the implementation burden on participating organizations.

Interoperability First:

The North Ave. deployment zone will serve as a testbed for multiple IoT systems working together rather than in parallel. The Smart City extends beyond any individual project or testbed and requires the integration of multiple heterogeneous systems that can provide meaning and insight for communities and decision-makers. As such, the core problem of Smart City research is interoperability. MAPPD takes an “interoperability first” approach which privileges concerns about integration, long-term development, and sustainability.

Public & Participatory:

The Atlanta Smart City team is deeply committed to making the city truly work for its residents. As a part of that commitment, the deployment approach has been designed to integrate Community Engagement workshops to refine hardware/software, align the deployment team with as many stakeholders as possible, and better understand the needs, concerns, hopes, goals, and ideas offered by the community

Open Data/Open Innovation:

This deployment process intends to strategically align public policy and urban planning with technical developments to give everyone a chance to better their city through open, but secure, access to the collected data. The promise of a Smart City is leveraging the distributed capacity of citizens and organizations. To date, open data, open innovation, and community involvement have been desired outcomes, but need greater integration into the projects. MAPPD is a programmatic testbed, integrating openness into the project from the beginning.