From healthcare to utilities and from transit to city planning, local and regional governments are embracing innovation.  Take a look at what these agencies and their partners are doing to move government forward on behalf of their citizens.

Finalsts - Best Practices Award (Mid-Sized)

Finalsts - Best Practices Award (Large)

Finalists - Partners in Innovation Award

The pilot solution consists of the UOS™, connected to infrastructure around a square (cameras, fountain, urban screen). Later it will integrate additional infastructure. The UOS™ is a standards-based middleware product that provides real time sensing, control, spatial analytics, data integration, security and provisioning of context-relevant applications. This pilot launches a user experience application in the form of a game illustrating the infrastructure controlled in real-time by the UOS and engaging citizens, businesses. The app combines playtime with information from the infrastructure through the UOS to win promotions from businesses around the square.

This solution involves moving disaster recovery (DR) from traditional, expensive, premises-based, manual fail over to an automated, pay-as-you-go, cloud-based fail over. It automates most of the critical processes for the deployment of pilot light DR on AWS, making pilot light DR on AWS a compelling alternative to secondary data centers.

This solution is tracking the waste managment in Jerusalem by using RFID technology, GPS and Google Maps.  The solution also provides citizens with an app to tell the garbage truck to come and collect their waste bins.

Data City Sabae by KAI Square is a project to create "the next web city" through Open Data. proposed the project to Sabae city (in Fukui prefecture, north of Kyoto) and is publishing small datasets such as public facilities in XML and creating applications based on those datasets (now 80+ apps). The project is using 5 stars RDF open data as Web standards and working together with citizens including 70+ programmers with the goal of creating "the next web city" with no stress, low cost and high creativity.

The City of Santa Clarita chose to host all of its Wordpress sites (39 and counting) on an EC2 instance. The service worked so well, they also moved their main site over and now have an RDS instance as well!

This project seeks to deliver a totally new and sustainable way of safeguarding our administrative data and cultural heritage.  Dorset History Centre (DHC) in South-West England is one of the few archive services in the UK local authority sector actively engaging with digital preservation. We are using Preservica Cloud, digital preservation software which actively manages digital archives – it makes and stores security copies, monitors for corruption, stores metadata, migrates old formats to new, and repairs damaged files. We will be able to store digital archives with the same security and preservation assurances as are provided for hard-copy archives.

Since November 2013, the Douglas County Geographic Information Systems Department has hosted its geospatial infrastructure in the Amazon cloud. Amazon Web Services has liberated the GIS staff from the hassle of infrastructure management and enabled them to focus more time on creating effective spatial data and applications. Moving from a non-virtualized, on-premise hardware environment to Amazon EC2 added operational flexibility and redundancy overnight. After more than three years of hosting our enterprise GIS assets on AWS, we move forward confidently knowing that the information and tools we make available to our employees and citizens are supported by a rock-solid infrastructure.

The City of Houston uses AWS to support a number of applications including a drainage utility system supporting 600,000 customers and 30,000 online bill disputes; an advanced metering infrastructure system supporting 24 reading per day across 465,000 accounts and storing 8 billion reads per year; Infor public sector utility billing, CRM, asset and work management, customer portal for over 465,000 customers; very large data warehouse that processes 3 terabytes of data for analytical reporting and customer portal access; and 5 terabyte enterprise document management system using MS SharePoint.

The ‘Smart Airport Experience’ project was funded by the government-run Technology Strategy Board in the UK and implemented at London City Airport, working with a technology team led by Living PlanIT SA. The goal of the project was to demonstrate how Internet of Things technologies could be used to both enhance customer experiences and improve operational efficiency at a popular business airport which already offers fast check-in to boarding times. The project used the Living PlanIT Urban Operating System (UOS™) hosted in an AWS environment as the backbone for real-time data collection, processing, analytics, marshalling and event management.

Citizen-facing mobile applications for city resident transportation convenience and safety. Sustainable Streets charts DOT's progress in making streets safer, improving mobility, and maintaining and enhancing infrastructure since 2007. DOTMap Portal shows alternate-side parking schedules and other parking rules on a map. Data concerning street resurfacing projects as well as construction and reconstruction projects can also be reviewed. iRideNYC shows multiple modes of transportation: subways, busses, bikes as well as walking and offer live data about them. Superstorm Sandy Damage Assessment App – built for rapidly damaging assessment of Sandy.

Our Voter Information Center handles requests for information such as polling place look-up, sample ballots, elected officials, overseas voter information, as well as many similar functions related to Elections. The purpose of this project is to make our VIC highly available during periods of extremely high traffic, such as weeks leading up to and including Election Day.



Enter an address, parcel, place name or permit number or click on a map and be shown government held information on that property including official address, parcel number, property value, last sales price, build year, full permitting history, development plans, zoning, historic preservation survey results, elected officials representing the area, etc.

Stores off-site, out of state backup of our key datasets on S3 and software on EC2. Important for an earthquake zone like San Francisco, a point that was very important to our senior management and a deal maker in persuading them to fund the project.

ePropertyPlus® is the leading property inventory management solution designed for municipalities to effectively manage community revitalization. ePropertyPlus increases operational efficiency, and provides a higher level of customer service, increased transparency, and online services to the public.

ePropertyPlus manage’s the big picture by evaluating overall progress with comprehensive geospatial mapping, service provider selection, cost accumulation, and more in a single, central repository.  While also managing the property level details. All property data is at your fingertips, including every attachment, photo, note, service, and application submitted.

The low cost cloud-based SaaS delivery makes ePropertyPlus easy to acquire, deploy, and update.

Foodborne Chicago uses text mining to search twitter for mentions of food poisoning, and @reply back to selected users with a link to a form that submits an open311 report of the suspected food poisoning incident.

A highly customizable solution, ARI by Grupo Tx offers governments the opportunity to manage relations with citizens by applying for services and paying taxes quickly and easily by using public tools.  ARI raises the bar when it comes to reporting, transparency, and ensuring the safety of sensible information. Due to seamless integration with external entities such as banks and government agencies, ARI maximizes the efficiency of processes.

The solution is currently in eight different cities throughout Latin America. with a total over 2,000,000 citizens and 6,000 government officials. The biggest project is Panama City with over 700,000 citizens and 1,900 government operators, but the solution was design to apply for governments of any size and serves cities as small as 50,000 citizens and 30 government operators.

HunchLab is a predictive policing solution that helps police departments to use their resources more effectively by applying machine learning to forecast crime and then promoting evidence-based policing in these high-risk areas. HunchLab’s methodology fuses many crime theories and data sets into one picture of risk. The system automatically incorporates recent crime events, temporal cycles such as day of week and season, the weather, and geographic locations such as bars and schools to produce a forecast. The system uses these crime patterns when appropriate without requiring a police department to have a statistician on staff.

Data City Sabae by KAI Square is a project to create "the next web city" through Open Data. proposed the project to Sabae city (in Fukui prefecture, north of Kyoto) and is publishing small datasets such as public facilities in XML and creating applications based on those datasets (now 80+ apps). The project is using 5 stars RDF open data as Web standards and working together with citizens including 70+ programmers with the goal of creating "the next web city" with no stress, low cost and high creativity.

LeanCiti is a cloud-based management system for Energy, Water and Gas, enabling cities to slash utility bills, based on Big Data and Social Interaction.

It is being used in two municipalities in Israel and is being implemented in France, with pilot projects in S. Korea and Germany.

Living PlanIT is the developer of the PlanIT OS™, a standards-based middleware product that provides real time sensing, control, spatial analytics, data integration, security, support and provisioning of ubiquitous context-relevant applications necessary for the industrialization of the Internet. The PlanIT OS™ provides the infrastructure for solutions across a broad range of vertical markets from manufacturing through mining exploration.

The PlanIT Urban Operating System™ (UOS) is the implementation of the PlanIT OS™ for smart city and urban development vertical markets. It is used to control water, waste, energy, building management, transportation and wifi infrastructure in cities.

The aim of Magnus Project is to reduce barriers and disparities in access to renal transplantation. The project enables the dialysis centers refer their patients to the transplant center and clinical and non-clinical information will be available at any of the centers. The sharing of patient information between dialysis center and transplant center reduces human errors, with greater safety, security and cost-efficiencies through data consolidation. All clinical data can be assessed in any electronic device, so transplant team can use whenever a kidney has been offered by the national transplant system.

MassKnowtify is a location-based public alerting platform connecting citizens everywhere with relevant and timely information from local governments, creating more informed and empowered communities.  With MassKnowtify, local government agencies can increase the effectiveness and penetration of their public messaging by reaching citizens on their mobile phones who would not otherwise be able to receive these messages and alerts. MassKnowtify is a mobile-first platform, and as a web-based product it can be accessed anywhere on any device.

MathsTab is an app working on iPads and Android Tablets with an item bank of 5000 mathematics questions and answers. Using Mathstab the teacher is creating a class with students and give assessments for individual or group students. The student is answering by writing on the tablet screen with the finger or with a touch pen. This part is very important because by using handwriting the student cannot cheat and the teacher can see how the student is thinking. After submitting the assessment the teacher is correcting by giving marks on each question.

Michigan Health Connect is a health information exchange that integrates medical records from disparate health care providers. This gives doctors a complete medical history of patients, leading to better care decisions, and ultimately better outcomes with no unnecessary procedures.  Simply put, the solution is saving lives, improving health, and saving money.

Utilizing Amazon AWS cloud-based infrastructure to provide data management and reporting, N_SIGHT IQ intelligent data and analytics communicate critical information in real time. Utilities can leverage their operational intelligence, identifying historic trends to better forecast and plan by analyzing up to ten years of detailed consumption data. Utilities can also allow their end-use customers to better monitor and manage their own water consumption using an optional web portal. N_SIGHT IQ provides advanced data analysis and reporting, long-term data retention, and web-presentment – all without the need to invest in additional servers or infrastructure.

DKAN is an open source, Drupal-based open data platform with a full suite of cataloging, publishing and visualization features that allows governments, nonprofits and universities to publish data to the public. With NuCivic's DKAN platform, NuCivic Data, governments can easily upload bulk, static datasets in a variety of formats and host dynamic, ever-changing application programming interfaces. This publicly available data can be accessed by developers, researchers, journalists and entrepreneurs for a range of purposes. Other features include data search, dataset grouping by category, work-flow management, and commenting and feedback. Uploaded data can be viewed by grid or visualizations, including graphs, charts and maps.

‘Open Project’ creates a central archive for schools, colleges, and community to make learning visible. There are two parts to this solution: 1) a ‘Live Projects’ database increases transparency and opportunities for community and collegiate teacher training / mentorship programs to connect; 2) a searchable ‘Project Archive’ helps students, teachers, and schools learn and build from each others work. The archive creates a living resume of student accomplishments rather than dooming them to the recycling bin. Open Project is open for everyone to view. It’s open to K-12 schools, homeschoolers, colleges and universities, and community to publish work.

Ping4 delivers location based public safety alerts to any smart phone device with full rich media anywhere without the need to pre-register your device. It also generate severe weather alerts, coastal beach alerts to provide highly relevant information to people in those specific areas. Ping4 has capabilities to monitor and scrape other data bases and generate highly localize information based of conditions such as earthquake activity, chemical detections, sounds or any other data source.

A public facing crime mapping site that also sends daily and weekly email alerts to residents informing them of what has occurred in their area as a free service. Our goal is to make crime data easily accessible to as many people as possible by collecting, using, and encouraging police agencies across the US, parts of Canada, and the UK to be open crime data. We’ve developed free software that allows agencies to pull an open data file from their RMS called SpotCrime Catapult, have a sister site MyLocalCrime, mobile friendly site, and apps for Android and iPhone.

Urbanflow Engine is a tool that enables collaborative urban design. We conduct workshops and use the tool to enable the participants of the workshop to sketch their planning ideas using simple diagrams. The technology then makes it easy to combine these diagrams into complex plans that can be understood by all resulting in crowd-sourced solutions to complex planning problems.

With the synergy of mobile, cloud, and design-thinking, the Vertex Platform (and Vertex City application) is a foundation for dynamic and collaborative engagement between governance and constituency in diverse areas like: public administration with citizenry; society with people; and property administrators with residential-commercial dwellers and customers.