Seat Pleasant, Maryland

“A Smart City of Excellence”

The World’s First Authentic Small Smart City


I am Mayor Eugene W. Grant, and have been Mayor of Seat Pleasant for 15 years!

Seat Pleasant is located in Maryland and shares a border with Washington DC.

Our City is a bedroom community with a  population of a little more than 4700.

Our City is a transportation hub with easy access to public transit such as Metro, and is also in close proximity to 3 airports!

That is why we are becoming a Smart City!

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The Value Smart Cities Bring

what if i told you…

Smart Cities can “give back” each city resident 15 days (120 hrs) worth of time every year!

Source:  – “Smart Cities – What’s in it for Citizens?”

15 Days Worth = 120 Hours

Smart Transportation & Mobility (Hrs)

Smart Public Safety (Hrs)

Smart Health (Hrs)

Smart Government (Hrs)

This is time they can use to spend with family & friends, get active, take longer vacations, or increase their earning potential

Source:  – “Smart Cities – What’s in it for Citizens?”


Reduction in Fatalities (homicides, road deaths, fire deaths) due to improved Public Safety


Improve Efficiency of Gov Processes


Reduce Cost of Living by 1 to 3% annually


Reduction in Nighttime Crime as a result of Smart Lighting

Saved time (min) per citizen contact with government


Increased feeling of connectedness to the local community


Accelerated Emergency Response time


Increase employment by 1 to 3%


Increased feeling of connectedness to the local government

The Impact Smart Cities Bring

What we did in Seat Pleasant & How we did it

“MySeatPleasant” App

We developed and launched a mobile app that “pushes” government to where the people are. The mobile app provides access to city information and services 24/7. It also allows citizens to submit requests from service directly through the app (i.e. potholes, abandoned vehicles, vacant property issues, etc.)


Improved Response Time


Improved Efficiency

Neighborhood & Commercial Compliance Dept

We are re-engineering many of our code enforcement processes including issuing code violation citations, business and rental license registrations, and vacant home registration. Based on our initial analysis, we’re expecting a 30 to 40 % reduction in the time it takes to complete any of these processes.

$1 M

Cost to the City


Increase in Property Values

Economic Development & Housing

We used the CGS Smart City Platform to estimate the true impact of blight and the vacant housing problem. We did so by bringing in data from the Maryland Dept. of Assessments and Taxation, Real Estate Data, Vacant Housing Data, Police Incident, and Public Works data and leveraging research done by the National Vacant Properties Campaign. We estimated that the city was losing upwards of $1M per year.

We’ve also seen property values in the city increase from $175K in 2016 to $235K.

CGS – Brains of City of Operations

Situational Awareness for SPPD

Predictive Analytics

Smart Policing + Community Policing

The Police Department used the CGS Platform and its Public Safety capabilities to understand what is happening around our city and to identify criminal hotspots using the platform’s Predictive Policing capabilities. The criminal hotspots were used to inform patrol schedules and patrolling routes. Leveraging the CGS platform in conjunction with the city’s new policies to enhance the relationship between the department and its residents has resulted in significant reductions to crime.

  • Reduction in Burglaries 37.5% 37.5%
  • Reduction in Theft from Auto 71.42% 71.42%
  • Reduction in Citizen & Commercial Robbery 70% 70%
  • Reduction in Violent Crime 14% 14%

Notoriety & Publicity Leading to Economic Development & Investment

As the World’s First Authentic Small Smart City, we’re gaining national and international recognition for our efforts in the Smart City space. As a result, the city has been able to leverage this recognition, in combination with the Opportunity Zone designation to attract investment and businesses (Good Foods Grocery Store) into the city. In addition, our efforts have positioned us as a smart cities thought-leader in the region.

  • The City’s Master Plan can be found here

Improved Health Outcomes for All by Utilizing in-home health monitoring technologies

Using the IBM IoT Platform, the City’s In-Home Monitoring program will focus on using remote patient monitoring technology to empower residents aging in place and improving the quality of life for caregivers and citizens with disabilities. This program utilizes in-home monitoring for residents with multiple chronic conditions and disabilities to allow them to live more safely, comfortably, and independently while assisting caregivers to ensure safety and security.

  • Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen and Bedroom Sensors that detect everything from movement, to presence, usage of appliances and faucets and temperature.
  • In-home medical kit includes 17 sensors that gather and securely track physiologic data on vulnerable residents

We see the potential to improve public health outcomes for all residents of the city thanks to our strategic partnerships with the Prince George’s County Health Department and our Local Hospitals. On a voluntary basis, aggregated data from this project will be shared with researchers at the Health Department and at the National Capital Region Medical Center for population-level analysis.

Our success is predicated on strategic and meaningful Partnerships!

We developed an extensive Partner Network, that is helping us realize our mission! This network includes, but is not limited to:

Seat Pleasant

The Test Bed of Innovation

We developed a Citizen-Centric Smart City Roadmap.

On April 12th, 2019 at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, we unveiled our first Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategic Plan, which lays out our vision and plan for implementation of Smart City technologies over the next 5 years!

  • Smart Home & Health Programs

  • Smart Mobility & Transportation

  • City-wide WiFi & 5G

  • Interactive City Kiosks with Artifical Intelligence

  • Smart Energy

Thank You

For more insightful information, check out the “Mayor’s Moment” Video Blog Series on Small Smart Cities

Want to learn more about Smart City transformation? Click on the “CGS” Image below for more information!

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