IDC names the best North American smart cities


Winners of the IDC Smart Cities North American Awards were named in 11 categories, representing success and efficiency of smart city projects implemented across the country.

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

  • Civic Engagement

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

  • Police and Law Enforcement and Emergency Management

  • Public Health and Social Services -TIE

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

    • State of OklahomaOK Benefits

  • Smart Buildings

  • 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

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

  • Transportation – Transportation Infrastructure

  • Urban Planning and Land Use

“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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