Presentation calls for engaging low-income citizens in the adoption of smart city technology

NCSG Director Gerrit-Jan Knaap presented at the 11th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy in December 2018. His presentation “Using Smart Cities Technology to Improve the Lives of Disadvantaged Inner-City Residents” explores findings from the report “Smart Cities, Connected Communities.” While smart-city technology vendors may advertise a one-size-fits-all solution, the findings from the report underscore the value of engaging residents on issues that affect them. Smart city technologies can create opportunities in disadvantaged communities if they are implemented with their involvement.
Dr. Knaap is among dozens of academics and professionals from across the US invited to speak at the Dupont Summit.
The Dupont Summit is hosted by the Policy Studies Organization. Its purpose is “to promote interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues related to science, technology, and the environment. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns.”
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“Blueprint for Regional Mobility” includes research from NSCG faculty

NCSG faculty members Frederick Ducca, Sevgi Erdogan, Gerrit-Jan Knaap, Kim Fisher, and Uri Avin provided critical research, technical, and analytical support for Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility, a report by the Greater Washington Partnership. Framing mobility as an economic driver, the report proposes bold transportation objectives that could transform the Baltimore-Washington-Richmond region.
The Greater Washington Partnership is “a civic alliance of CEOs in the region, drawing from the leading employers and entrepreneurs committed to making the Capital Region– from Baltimore to Richmond – one of the world’s best places to live, work and build a business.”
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Citizens of West Baltimore speak up in Smart Cities report

A team of researchers, smart city technology providers, local government leaders, and community-based organizations collaborated to understand how investments in smart cities technology could improve the lives of residents in low-income neighborhoods. The study was led by NCSG and the College of Information Studies (iSchool) at the University of Maryland and included researchers from the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD), the University of Baltimore, John Hopkins University, and Morgan State University.
Citizens of West Baltimore offered their perspectives on smart city technologies in multiple meetings with the research team. Together they created a strategic plan for smart city investment that would meet the community’s needs.
This study was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), with additional funding from Enterprise Community Resources.
More information and great drawings in the study: “Smart Cities, Connected Communities
Find out more about Smart Cities at NCSG
Drawing by Lucinda Levine
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