Smart Cities Connect has awarded the city of Dallas the top honor of the 2023 Smart 50 Awards, which recognizes 50 cities across the globe for innovative and influential work related to smart cities projects and initiatives. Of all the awardees, three overall winners are selected and honored at the Smart Cities Connect Spring Conference and Expo.
The city won the award for its work on the Red Cloud Neighborhood Smart Cities Pilot Project, Dallas’ first smart community located in Southeast Dallas in which all streets, alleys and sidewalks were reconstructed in conjunction with multiple technological quality-of-life improvements.
“District 5 is honored to have been selected as the city’s first smart community and now to be known globally for our efforts. We look forward to being an example of what is possible not just across Dallas, but in other cities around the globe,” District 5 Council Member Jaime Resendez said. “It’s fitting that on National Infrastructure Week the City of Dallas is awarded this honor and speaks to how important infrastructure is to city leadership.”
Through Red Cloud, the city will provide community Wi-Fi to almost 190 homes in the neighborhood, Air Quality Environmental Monitors, and AI-enabled situational awareness cameras at select locations by using newly installed LED streetlights integrated with wireless access points.
These improvements are expected to provide the city with neighborhood-specific data which can be used for future enhancements to public safety and infrastructure planning. City staff will continue to test the capabilities of the technology with the goal of potentially expanding on the services provided and replicating the Red Cloud project on a wider scale across the city.