Across the five boroughs, City agencies are exploring new innovative approaches to build a more smart, equitable and responsive city. Learn more about some of these agencies and their projects below.
Midtown in Motion
Since 2010, the Department of Transportation has been controlling traffic using real-time information and advanced solid-state traffic controllers in Midtown Manhattan. Nearly 300 sensors, cameras, and EZ-Pass Readers enable the Traffic Management Center to modify traffic light patterns in a 270-block region, which has resulted in over 10% improvement in travel times since the program was implemented.
Department of I.T. and Telecommunications
LinkNYC is the system of 7,500+ high-tech public communications structures that will be installed across the five boroughs of New York City beginning this year. Each of these new structures will each provide completely free, ultra-high speed encrypted Wi-Fi service (up to 1 Gigabit in speed) out to a radius of 150 feet and will be able to serve as many as 256 users at a time. In addition, the Links will provide free domestic phone calls, free emergency 911 calls and non-emergency 311 calls, and free cell phone charging stations.
Community Air Survey
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene + CUNY
The Department of Health and Mental Health and Queens College administer the New York City Community Air Survey (NYCCAS), an ongoing survey which uses approximately 100 monitors installed throughout NYC to study how pollutants from traffic, buildings, and other sources impact air quality in different neighborhoods. NYCCAS monitors pollutants, including fine particles, nitrogen oxides, elemental carbon, sulfur dioxide, and ozone, which can cause health problems.
Department of Small
Women Entrepreneurs NYC is an initiative to expand women entrepreneurship, with a special focus on underserved women and communities. Over the next three years, WE NYC will connect 5,000 women to free training and business services to help them start and grow their businesses.
Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency Program
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
The installation of vacancy sensors across 90 schools in all five boroughs, to be completed by summer 2017, is expected to save 17 million kWh per year, reducing the City’s greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs by 3,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MT CO2e) and over $2 million per year.
Operational Excellence Program
Department of Environmental Protection
The Operational Excellence Program is an innovative public-private partnership with Veolia Water to address a broad array of procurement, technology, workforce, materials and revenue strategies for achieving substantial budget savings, without outsourcing or privatization. Over 100 initiatives ranging from contract negotiation to strategic replacement of large meters to process optimization at our treatment plants have resulted in $100 million dollars in financial benefit to the budget.
The IdeaScale pilot project in the 109th Precinct solicits residents to submit quality of life issues that they want addressed by the Police Department. IdeaScale users are able to add, comment on, and vote on the issues that they identify as being the most important. In this way, the residents of different communities within a police precinct are able to directly communicate their concerns with the precinct commander.
Short Cycle Evaluation Challenge
Department of Education
The Short-Cycle Evaluation Challenge matches educators with educational technology companies to pilot new products in their classrooms that are designed to address teacher and student needs. For the 2014-15 school year, the Short-Cycle Evaluation Challenge matched 40 educators with 10 technology products. The Challenge aims to develop a rigorous technology evaluation cycle that is significantly shorter than randomized control trials, and thus valuable to principals and teachers as they make everyday decisions about technology tools that support student achievement..
Department of Transportation
Vision Zero View allows New Yorkers to assess the City’s progress in pursuit of Vision Zero - the elimination of deaths and serious injury from traffic crashes - through the innovative presentation of data relating to crashes, serious injuries, deaths, safety improvement projects and public outreach efforts. Vision Zero View displays the location of every traffic fatality and serious injury within the last 5 years and is an unprecedented collaboration between the Mayor’s Office staff and multiple agencies.
Child Care Connect
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Child Care Connect provides meaningful quantitative Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) about daycare centers and allows the public to review and compare the quality of each center with the average of all centers. Child Care Connect allows parents to register and receive English or Spanish emails or texts that include information on inspections, the status of permits, and the location of new centers.
Department of Citywide Administrative Services
Print Smart, a partnership with the Xerox Corporation, is the first citywide initiative to manage the City’s print environment. To date, Print Smart has reduced the number of printing devices in participating agencies by 64%, cut greenhouse gas emissions associated with printing by 71%, and saved the City $1.7 million.
New York City
The MyNYCHA mobile application, to be launched in Summer 2015, will allow public housing residents to create, submit, schedule, view and update maintenance service requests, view alerts and outages related to their developments, view their scheduled inspections and maintain their contact information via their smartphones and tablets. MyNYCHA will empower residents to create service request 24/7 and reduce their need to call NYCHA’s Customer Contact Center.