The IDC announced the winners of its Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA). The awards recognize North American communities for progress in smart cities projects and represent best practices for further smart city development in the region.

SCNAA winners demonstrated examples of urban innovation with a focus on these technologies:

  • Cloud
  • Platforms
  • Analytics
  • IoT
  • Mobile solutions
  • Data

The criterion also included unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement.

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The winners were selected based on 2,500 votes for 11 smart city categories.

This year’s winners by category are:

  • Administration

    • Harris County Appraisal DistrictHarris County Homestead Exemption Audit Program: Helps Finds Millions of Tax Revenue

  • Civic Engagement

    • Albuquerque, NMAlbuquerque 311Digital Voice Channel

  • Economic Development, Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces

    • Topeka, KSOpen Data and Project Portal

  • Police and Law Enforcement and Emergency Management

    • Chattanooga and Hamilton County, TN911 ProjectPredicting Hotspots for Accidents

  • Public Health and Social Services -TIE

    • Sonoma County, CAAccessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self-Sufficiency

    • State of OklahomaOK Benefits

  • Smart Buildings

    • Washington, DCUsing Open Source Tools to Acquire Energy and Performance Data from Municipal Buildings and Advance Washington DC’s Climate Action Plan

  • Smart Water -TIE

    • Towns of Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs; Cities of Raleigh, Wilson, Wake County, NC, and NC Emergency ManagementNorth Carolina Regional Water Level Monitoring Data Sharing Pilot

    • Markham, Ontario, CanadaSmart City Accelerator Program

  • Sustainable Infrastructure

    • St. Petersburg, FL University of South FloridaCollege of Marine Science

  • Transportation – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing

    • Peachtree Corners, GACuriosity Lab at Peachtree Corners

  • Transportation – Transportation Infrastructure

    • Miami-Dade County, FLAdaptive Signal Control Technology300 Traffic Controllers

  • Urban Planning and Land Use

    • Santa Clara County, CAAssessment Appeals Data Management System

“It is clear from the overwhelming number of impressive responses we received to our third annual SCNAA awards, government officials across the country are committed to implementing innovative Smart City initiatives, designed to bring about meaningful changes to the way we live, work, play and interact,” said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC government insights and smart cities strategies, in a press release. “Winners on this list represent the best and brightest change agents within government and their successful projects offer a roadmap to others looking to implement effective change and radically transform urban environments for the better.”

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