Seat Pleasant, Maryland

“A Smart City of Excellence”

The World’s First Authentic Small Smart City


I am the Seat Pleasant Police Chief, Devan Martin, and have been serving in this role for the last 3 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!

In addition, over 100,000 vehicles travel through the city on a daily basis!

We have an unemployment rate of 16% and a poverty rate of 17%.

Finding ways to address these challenges is why we are becoming a Smart City!

Link to this presentation is

Prince George’s County Chief’s of Police Association

The Value Smart Cities Bring

what if i told you…

That cities who have implemented smart technologies have seen the following results:

Source:  – McKinsey Global Institue – “Smart Cities: Digital Solutions For a More Livable Future”


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 & What we plan to do!

“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 Intelligence and Fusion Command Center – Brains of City of Operations

Situational Awareness for SPPD –  A Cross Border Initiative

The department’s Drone Program was established in early 2017 to aid in monitoring vehicle traffic flow patterns, spotting roadways needing repairs, gathering data for accident reconstruction, identifying locations were enforcement efforts should be prioritized, and other police operations.

Notably, Seat Pleasant is the first City in the United States to receive clearance from the TSA, DHS, and FAA to operate our drone (sUAS – Small Unmanned Aircraft System) in the Capitol Region’s Flight Restricted Zone. In accordance with regulatory requirements, department Drone operators are Part 107 certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Predictive Analytics

This summer, we have deployed our NEW CRU-22 Mobile Command Center in high traffic areas, which will be fed data from our IoTs, including Intelligent Lighting, Intersection Safety, and Public Safety Solutions. This new unit is intended for rapid deployment and is equipped with the new Fotokite- a tethered drone with thermal and low light cameras, which can stay airborne for 24+ hours!

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%

Intersection Safety Analytics

Seat Pleasant, located in between two major highways leading into DC (MD 214 – Central Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr Highway), sees over 100,000 vehicles drive through the city on a daily basis. At the same time, we have a ton of foot traffic crossing those two highways. These are people who are walking to the Metro, Central Highschool or the Seat Pleasant Activity Center. As a result, intersection safety is critical for us.

With Verizon’s Intelligent Lighting solution, we’re planning to install cameras at these intersections and use Verizon’s software solution to help us understand driver behavior, so that we can enact policies to change dangerous behavior, and eventually reduce fatalities and accidents. 

In addition, we’ll use the solution to understand traffic volume, speed, and direction. We will get data on vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, plus trends and historical data, so we can manage congestion, plan traffic improvements, facilitate economic development, and measure progress on the County’s Vision Zero goals.

Intelligent Video Analytics

Since we share a border with DC, we often see criminals committing a crime in one jurisdiction, and then crossing over into the other to avoid apprehension. 

Our biggest trouble spot is at the intersection of Eastern Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr Highway. We also see illegal activity, such as loitering, and drug sales around this area.

Hence, we will be using Verizon’s Intelligent Video to remotely monitor and proactively identify threats in this area.  When suspicious activity is detected, an alert will immediately be sent to authorized personnel enabling rapid response.

Eastern Ave & MLK Jr Hwy

Central Ave

Intelligent Lighting

We’re working with Verizon to outfit street lights with LED bulbs as well as equip them with smart devices that capture and transmit data in near real time. This will allow us to get full control over all lights, which allows us to set parameters to automatically adjust lights based on motion sensing or time of day/day of week schedules. 

Cross Departmental Benefits

Traffic & vehicle data correlated with other data sets such as weather data, crime data, and air quality data will be used to not only manage traffic congestion, but to also improve public safety, public health, and spur economic development:


  • Helps us sell the benefits of investing in a particular area
  • Allows us to monetize data
  • Understand the impact of traffic on the prevalence of Asthma in our city
  • Better estimate the lifespan of our roads
  • Improve event planning

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 for the City!

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 Street Lighting

  • City-wide WiFi & 5G

  • Smart Mobility & Transportation

  • Smart Home & Health Programs

  • 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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