Partners of the Smart Cities Council have an opportunity to participate in a Readiness™ Workshop for Birmingham, Alabama, one of the five winners of a 2018 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge grant.
Birmingham believes effective and efficient smart city initiatives are a conduit for amplifying growth and achieving equity. The city will use its Readiness Workshop to accelerate the use of technology and data to improve public safety and overall quality of life in Birmingham. Adding to the many projects already underway, including an Open Data portal, smart street lighting, community Wi-Fi and bus rapid transit, the workshop will seek solutions in the following areas:
- Economic Empowerment: Re-imagining the business licensing process and its data infrastructure to better serve small business owners, entrepreneurs and City departments; Integrating smart cities tenets to address homelessness.
- Transportation and Mobility: Improving public, shared and active transportation to reduce dependency on single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs), unlock the potential of urban land currently devoted to parking, and mitigate negative externalities that accompany SOV-style development such as obesity, inequality, depression, pollution and fatalities.
- Community Health: Using smart technology and data to minimize blight and reduce healthcare costs and disparities, particularly among the city's underserved and vulnerable populations.
In addition to the Readiness Workshop on August 27, there will be a speciality, invitation-only Public Safety deep dive workshop on August 28. This will focus on addressing higher-than-average crime rates by better enabling public safety officials to deter, solve and ultimately predict crime trends, reversing negative crime statistics and transforming the city into a more vibrant community that is safe and improves the quality of life for all its citizens.
Council partners will have several opportunities to participate and engage with key city stakeholders on August 27. Opportunities include presenting case studies to demonstrate viable solutions to address the city’s goals, as well as serving as subject matter experts in working groups that are intended to help the City build an action-oriented roadmap for success. There will also be a limited number of opportunities for partners with deep Public Safety expertise to contribute to the speciality workshop on August 28.