Building a Smart + Equitable City

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For the City of New York, a “smart city” is an equitable city.

Under the leadership of the City's Chief Technology Officer, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) spearheads the City of New York’s “Smart City, Equitable City” strategy for technology and innovation.

As part of this effort, MOTI works to better the lives of all New Yorkers and communities across the five boroughs by:

  • Establishing principles and strategic frameworks to guide connected device and Internet of Things (IoT) implementation,
  • Serving as the coordinating entity for new technology and IoT deployments across all City agencies,
  • Collaborating with academia and the private sector on innovative pilot projects, and
  • Partnering with municipal governments and organizations around the world to share best practices and leverage the impact of technological advancements.

Drivers for Action

As the world becomes more digital and technology-dependent, the opportunity gap between technology haves and have-nots carries increased urgency.  Narrowing this digital divide and ensuring all New Yorkers can participate fully is central to the City’s strategy for technology and innovation. Digital technologies enhance well-being, reduce costs and resource consumption, and enable government to engage more effectively and actively with its citizens.

  • Real-time information enables a more responsive government
  • Better data generates cost savings and increased impact
  • Enhanced analytics allow for increased equity in the delivery of services
  • Sensors and digital tools allow for the more efficient use of City infrastructure and resources