City of San José Department of Transportation Receives APA Smart City Merit Award for Data-Driven Innovation

City of San José Receives APA Smart City Award
City of San Jose Win's Smart City Award

April 16th, 2019

San Francisco, CA – April 16th, 2019 – The City of San José Department of Transportation (DOT) received an American Planning Association Technology Division Smart City Merit Award last night for its work with startup UrbanLogiq to leverage City transportation data for improved traffic operations and data-driven decision making.

The award-winning project resulted in San José’s Traffic Intelligence platform, a cloud-based tool that will let staff visualize, query, and analyze traffic and incident data within the City, replacing labor-intensive manual processes for tracking and validating information. The user-friendly platform facilitates access to several types of data, enabling DOT staff to engage with the information in a visual and meaningful way.

The Smart Cities Awards recognize and celebrate communities that are using technology to be intelligent about their growth, quality of life, inclusivity, sustainability, and resiliency. The ceremony was held during the 2019 National Planning conference, an event that brings together over 5,000 planning professionals and city officials to the Bay Area.

DOT began working with UrbanLogiq in 2018 to unlock the value of the City’s data, while building a scalable foundation to support its evolving data needs and progress toward its Smart City Vision.

“For decades, transportation planners, engineers, and analysts have all shared a fundamental challenge in that the data they have available to study and to make critical transportation decisions have been limited, expensive, and [at times] inaccessible,” said Jill North, DOT Innovation Program Manager. “Transportation and mobility are on the cusp of a transformation within the industry – although new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things, and e-scooters are exciting and offer new efficiencies and options for our residents, these innovations also present new challenges and insights for our teams to consider when planning our transportation network.” North’s role with the City includes researching how San José can integrate and leverage emerging technology to become more efficient, agile and resilient.

UrbanLogiq deployed a custom cloud-based analytics platform that will serve as a common operating picture to visualize, query and download traffic and incident data within the City, and replace the labour intensive manual processes for archiving, tracking, querying and validating information. The platform facilitates user-friendly access to historical records, enabling DOT staff to engage with data in a visual and meaningful way.

"As the capital of Silicon Valley, San José is best positioned to understand the power of technology to improve the lives of its citizens,” says CEO and Co-Founder of UrbanLogiq, Mark Masongsong. “UrbanLogiq is proud to work with the forward-thinking leaders at the City of San José, whose commitment to excellence and innovative thinking sets the example for the country in building a safer, more sustainable, and inclusive community."

ABOUT THE CITY OF SAN JOSÉ
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The San José Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems that contribute to the livability and economic health of the city. Our goal is to provide a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for all modes of transportation, and which supports San José’s livability and economic vitality.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Colin Heyne, Public Information Manager
City of San José
(408) 975-3705 Office
(626) 622-8923 Mobile
colin.heyne@sanjoseca.gov

ABOUT URBANLOGIQ
UrbanLogiq helps governments build better communities with data. UrbanLogiq’s cloud-based platform consolidates data that is currently fragmented in silos to create a unified view of a community. UrbanLogiq then utilizes artificial intelligence to derive insights and streamline processes using this data, helping governments make faster, cheaper, and more accurate decisions.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Leah Hanvey
UrbanLogiq
media@urbanlogiq.com
(604) 428-9787

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