Baltimore Smart Cities Project

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Community Enagagement

Communication Technology

Data Management

Research Initiatives

The National Science Foundation has awarded the National Center for Smart Growth a Smart and Connected Communities Planning grant to develop a strategic plan for addressing the question of how investments in smart cities technologies can improve the lives of low-income, inner-city residents. The research team includes technical and social scientists from five Baltimore-area universities and the University of Maryland College Park, a team of smart city technology providers, and leaders of local governments, neighborhood associations, and community development organizations.

The planning process will involve extensive communication between and among these three groups: meetings of researchers, workshops among technology providers, community engagement events with local residents, and participation in all these events by key project leaders. The effort will produce strategies for smart cities investments in west Baltimore, a network of multidisciplinary researchers prepared to undertake future integrated research projects, the design of a shared research and data infrastructure, and the first steps towards building trust between researchers and community stakeholders for future projects.