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Open Data & Open Innovation Policy

Open Data and Open Innovation are two key concepts for the Smart City.

PARSE: Participatory Approaches to Researching Sensing Environments

The Internet of Things (IoT)—the ubiquitous computing vision of objects imbued with computational capacity, connected to and communicating with one another—has largely been conceived of in relation to industry. The most common example of IoT is tracking goods across supplies chains and gathering data along that journey in order to improve logistics.  Domestic, or “in-home”, IoT is also a rapidly increasing domain for new products and services, for example through “smart” thermostats, refrigerators, and washing machines.

Civic IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT)—the ubiquitous computing vision of objects imbued with computational capacity, connected to and communicating with one another—has largely been conceived of in relation to industry. The most common example of IoT is tracking goods across supplies chains and gathering data along that journey in order to improve logistics.  Domestic, or “in-home”, IoT is also a rapidly increasing domain for new products and services, for example through “smart” thermostats, refrigerators, and washing machines.

Working in Cities: Co-Working Spaces, the Maker Movement, and the Rise of Flexible Urban Workspaces

Cities have long balanced the distribution and management of life, work, and leisure spaces. Increasingly, however, urban workspaces are being reshaped as cities shift from mass production models to hybrid and flexible systems that integrate service and production work. This trend parallels the emergence of service-embedded goods, niche and batch production enabled by technologies like additive manufacturing, and the extensive and increasingly essential use of e-retailing for reaching customers for services and goods.

MAPPD: Multi-Array Phased Participatory Deployment

MAPPD: Multi-Array Phased Participatory Deployment

What is MAPPD?

MAPPD is a technical and strategic smart cities project developing a repeatable approach to scaling up a Smart City sensor network. MAPPD is a city-university partnership between the Georgia Institute of Technology and the City of Atlanta and a featured project of both the MetroLab Network and NIST’s Global City Teams Challenge.

Urban Innovation Networks: “Fast Policy” Design and Diffusion Systems

Increasingly innovation is occurring at the city-scale. City governments and advocates for smart, sustainable, livable cities are engaged in a pattern of policy experimentation as they integrate new and emerging technologies with the existing patterns of urban infrastructure to build efficiency, increase access, and expand to meet the systems needs of a global, knowledge-based economy.

MetroLab Network

Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University will be partnering with the City of Atlanta as founding members of the new White House Smart Cities initiative to research, develop and deploy new technologies to address challenges in the nation’s urban areas. The Administration is investing over $160 million to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services.

One Bus Away

A tool for improving the usability of public transportation

Innovation Districts

Situated in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia Tech’s “Tech Square” is an exemplar innovation district.  Anchored by a leading-edge urban research institution, the area attracts clusters of companies, supports start-ups, and incubates business, contributing to unplanned “collisions” and attracting further talent.

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