Denver Wins Two Smart 50 Awards!

Smart City projects in Denver receive global recognition ~

DENVER – Smart 50 Awards today recognized two Denver Smart City projects among the most innovative and influential in the world for 2019. Smart 50 Award winners include Denver Smart City’s Living Lab on Federal Boulevard, which provides real-world testing of smart technology, and the Air Quality Community Action Network (AQ-CAN) project from the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, which places air quality sensors in schools. 

The City and County of Denver’s award-winning Living Lab enables us to try out the technologies of tomorrow today, testing innovative ideas to understand their capabilities and limitations before deploying them on a larger scale throughout the city. The testing happening on Federal Boulevard could eventually lead to an environment where cars will be able to access real-time weather and traffic updates, as well as information regarding nearby emergency vehicle activity and reroute accordingly.

Denver’s innovative approach of creating partnerships with Denver Public Schools to protect children with asthma from the adverse effects of poor air quality as part of the AQ-CAN project led to the Mile High City being selected for a second award. Denver aims to utilize a real-time, hyper-local air-quality data-monitoring system with advanced air pollution sensor technology to collect and interpret data, and then disseminate the results to the community in a meaningful way. School-based programming to reduce pollution sources and limit exposure to poor air quality will be developed in partnership with students, parents, school nurses, teachers, and staff. 

“Denver continues to be a leader in developing innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for everyone in our city,”Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Receiving two Smart 50 Awards recognizing these critical efforts is a testament to our drive to move boldly into the future while benefiting our residents here today.”

“The strength of Denver’s smart city initiatives and their clear vision for the future are only two of the many reasons we are proud to host the Smart 50 Awards in Denver, as well as the Smart Cities Connect Conference and Expo,” said Laura Benold, managing editor at Smart Cities Connect Media & Research. “Guided to improve quality of life for residents, Denver is bullish in achieving its mission, working collaboratively, and creatively investing in technology. We are proud to highlight their work.”

The Smart 50 Awards are presented in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Foundation, and US Ignite. Winners will be recognized at the Smart 50 Awards gala in Denver on April 1, 2019.

Denver Smart City is using data and deploying technology to improve the health, mobility, and safety of all that work live, work, and play here. Working alongside our vibrant tech community, the City of Denver is using 21st technology to optimize city services and improve all Denverites quality of life. Learn more about how Denver is becoming the testing ground for the technologies of tomorrow today atdenvergov.org/denversmartcity.