Seat Pleasant, Maryland
“A Smart City of Excellence”
The World’s First Authentic Small Smart City
Given our small size (~4700 residents), and limited resources, we must find ways to do more with less. That is why we are becoming a Smart City!
Our Smart City plan is focused on creating a Citizen-Centric Smart City that aims to improve the connectivity between citizens, businesses, and government.
Links to this presentation:
1. Define Smart Cities
2. Discuss the need for and the benefits of Smart Cities using an example centered around the “Pleasant Valley” neighborhood in Seat Pleasant
3. Discuss a few of Seat Pleasant’s most impactful Smart City initiatives
Our Definition of a Smart City
Smart City Ecosystem
Connectivity includes finding ways to connect people with the local government and with the local community. Technology is not a requirement for fostering connectivity.
Knocks Down Silos
By facilitating “connectivity” and knocking down organizational silos, Smart Cities can improve collaboration and coordination across agencies and departments.
The technology side of “connectivity” refers to a Smart City’s network. A secure and fast network is required to facilitate the adoption and implementation of IoT technologies. In addition, many future IoT applications will require 5G networks in order to function effectively and safely. The network also allows us to tackle the digital divide that is often prevalent in rural areas and disadvantaged communities.
Smart Cities need to foster connectedness. This includes technology-based connectivity such as the implementation of IoT and 5G networks, as well as people based connectivity that aims to foster a greater level of trust, collaboration, and engagement between the citizens and the local government.
Data is essential for a Smart City. As it becomes more readily available across the entire organization, it begins to enable data-driven decision making that ultimately leads to better outcomes.
What gets measured, gets improved. One of the first steps for cities undertaking digital transformation is to begin to collect data where ever it is possible.
As data becomes more and more available, Cities can begin to leverage data analytics. Cities will be able to use descriptive analytics to understand what, when, and where.
Once a city becomes comfortable with descriptive analytics, it can begin to analyze the data for meaningful value. Cities can use the data to derive insights that would otherwise have gone overlooked. These insights can then be used to influence decision making and policy direction.
63 Homes, over 50 Senior Citizens
- The shared services hub is especially important when it comes to DISASTER RESILIENCE and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.
- Only 1 way in and 1 way out of Pleasant Valley
- Linking databases from multiple sources and agencies such as Street Lights from PEPCO, Property Records, WSSC Data, and Voluntarily Shared Citizen Data allows us to understand our most vulnerable citizens.
Impactful Smart City Projects in Seat Pleasant
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.)
In-Home and Health Monitoring Program
The City’s In-Home and Health Monitoring program will focus on using remote patient monitoring technology, assistive technologies, and connected devices to empower residents aging in place and improving quality of life for caregivers and citizens with disabilities.
IoT Devices will monitor for: location, excessive temperature exposure, heat/cold stress, slips, trips, and falls, dangerous gas, overexertion, panic, person down, fit to drive, activity recognition, hypothermia, and stress.
Center for Government Synergism (CGS)
We used the CGS Smart City Platform is the Shared Services hub for Seat Pleasant and serves as the brains of all city operations.
Smart Street Lighting Program with PEPCO, Verizon, and AECOM
With the help of PEPCO, we are installing Smart Street Lights in Seat Pleasant, equipped with LED lights for Energy Savings and Cost Reductions, as well as Lighting Controls, and an Intelligent Video Analytics Solution for both Traffic Management and Public Safety
5G and City-Wide Broadband
With the help of partners, we’re installing a city wide network that will deliver wireless broadband utilizing 5G CBRS Spectrum, and eventually, full 5G capability & functionality.
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!
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:
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!