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 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!
Given our small size, and limited resources, we must find ways to do more with less. That is why we are becoming a Smart City!
Links to this presentation:
1. Discuss Seat Pleasant: A Smart City of Excellence
2. Discuss our Master Plan and the Importance of Planning
Balancing Growth & Preservation
- Development can sometimes change the dynamics and identity of a Community.
- One question we must keep in mind as we grow is how do we maintain our identity and improve the quality of life for incumbent residents.
- Before we get to that point, we must first create our identity and leverage that for growth.
The World’s First Authentic Small Smart City
What is a Smart City?
A Smart City is an evolving ecosystem that leverages smart technology, smart policies, and smart processes to improve the quality of life for stakeholders by making the city more equitable, resilient, livable, walkable, and sustainable.
Smart Cities utilize technology as a tool to optimize the infrastructure and resources in order to:
- Respond more effectively & dynamically to then needs & desires of stakeholders
- Make more informed policy decisions
- Promote accountability and transparency.
- Promote social justice, leading to equitable and just societies
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.
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!
Now that we’ve discussed Seat Pleasant’s Smart City transformation and our planned projects, Let’s talk about the importance of planning and our partnership with Skidmore, Owings & Merril, LLP.
Why is Planning Important?
The question most asked by potential investors & developers is:
Do you have a Master Plan?
In 2018, we partnered with Skidmore, Owings & Merril, LLP (SOM) to develop the City’s first-ever Master Plan.
On September 10th, 2018, the Seat Pleasant City Council officially adopted the Master Plan for the City.
The Master Plan establishes long-range strategies focused on community development and sustainability.
As a blueprint for the future, this plan identifies economic, land use, and infrastructure development, which includes transportation, housing, and public facilities.
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!
The remaining slides provide supplemental information detailing smart city use cases from Seat Pleasant, and from around the world.