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Smart Cities and the Dallas Innovation Alliance

About the Dallas Innovation Alliance Launched in September 2015 at the White House, the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a public-private partnership invested in Dallas’ continued evolution as an forward-thinking, ‘smart’ global city.

City of Dallas



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What is a Smart City? The DIA operates from the definition that a Smart City is one where social and technological solutions facilitate sustainable economic growth, increase resource efficiency, and importantly, improves the quality of life for its citizens.

A living lab pilot zone in CBD, in the West End, growing Dallas Innovation District


Multi-phased approach: proof of --Founding partners -concept, learnings, then expansion



It's not if, but when


Phase I Living Lab: The West End


Phase I Projects – Available, Actionable, Achievable



Connected Living


--Integrated transit solutions

--Fiber Access

--Energy --Water --Lighting

--Parking --Bike lanes

--Smart Home/ Office --Green Spaces --Data Activation


Phase I: Project Areas Defined Intelligent LED Lighting: Street lights in the living lab along Market Street will be converted to LED, and sensors measuring environmental levels, including air quality, and crowd/noise detection will be installed. Interactive Digital Kiosks: a series of kiosks will be deployed in the West End, which will provide a key focal point for citizen engagement, alongside delivery of public services, provision of public Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, emergency services, and wayfinding /transit options. Additional open source platform possible to provide a key application allowing for direct engagement with the city, events and services. Exact components of the hardware, and of the internal software can be customized to fit Dallas’ needs. Network Connectivity: Fiber and cellular networks will provide full coverage, powering the living lab. Public Wi-Fi will be available in the West End living lab. Waste Management: Solar-powered waste management system increases capacity and productivity, with sensors providing data so that trashcans are only emptied when they are full, decreasing CO2 emissions and overall cost. 6

Phase I: Project Areas Defined Smart Parking: Infrastructure will be installed allowing for monitoring and visibility into available parking options, with the potential to locate and reserve parking ahead of time. Benefits include an improved citizen experience, increased parking utilization rates and decreased traffic congestion/CO2 emissions. A large proportion of urban congestion is directly related to cars looking for parking. End-to-End Mobility App: Working with key partners, the Dallas Innovation Alliance will facilitate an end-to-end mobility application, allowing citizens a single point solution, incorporating all modes of transit, including: mass transit, car, rideshare, bike sharing, walking and smart parking solutions. Benefits include ability to weigh mixed modes of transit, choose your journey based on user priority including length of trip, cost of trip or taking the greenest possible option. Open Source Platform: A open source software platform will aggregate data and provide opportunities for citizens, entrepreneurs and organizations to build smart city applications on top of the platform.


Recap: May 4th Breakout Groups Thank you to everyone who made it out for the Dallas Innovation Alliance’s inaugural meet-up on May 4th! With over 120 in attendance, and some palpable energy and excitement in the room, it’s clear Dallas is ready to work as a community to become a smart city. Attendees were able to attend breakout sessions that were of particular interest, thank you to our facilitators for driving great discussions around:

• Data, Data, Data • Internet of Things • Quality of Life/the Citizen Experience • Startup Ecosystem Involvement • STEM/Workforce Development • Team Green/Sustainability • Transportation and Mobility

Recap: May 4th Breakout Groups High Level Themes This is likely of no surprise to this group, but the through-line for smart city strategies is the use of data to improve efficiency, operations and quality of life, as well as measure outcomes for initiatives. Providing an open platform for citizens, entrepreneurs and students to build off of is a core competency, leveraging both open data and other data sets to gain new insights. Data standardization, security, storage and APIs are key areas of discussion. Improving access to information is key to improving the citizen experience. How that information is aggregated and delivered is where innovation can occur. Smart cities is a marriage of green space, sustainability and livability with technology, data and internet of things. A combination and balance must be achieved.

Recap: May 4th Breakout Groups High Level Themes A big piece of success of these initiatives will involve a perception shift or behavior change – i.e. how can citizens contribute to resource conservation or how do we shift perception (and experience) of public transit to increase ridership? STEM and Workforce Development improvement can be achieved in a number of ways, but central themes of access, collaboration with existing programs and bootcamps, and getting to kids early were prevalent in discussion. Hands on, experiential learning, as well as expanding technical certification programs were also key themes. Startups and entrepreneurs are a core asset in Dallas – the question is how to best leverage and fold-in these innovators? The open API/platform is key, as are events like Hackathons and potential smart city-focused accelerators. How can we partner established corporations with startups to catalyze proof of concept and commercialization? Transportation & Mobility was a high-energy, passionate conversation – the use of technology and sensors to improve everything from mass transit arrival time, a universal multi-modal pass, pedestrian safety, alerts/rerouting regarding street closures and congestion points, among others.

6/29: Next Gen Breakout Groups • Data, Data, Data/IoT • Team Green and the Citizen Experience • Startup Ecosystem Involvement • STEM/Workforce Development • Transportation and Mobility

How to Get Involved? • Engage, Educate and Spread the Message • Volunteer on a Committee, or other capacities (it takes a village!) • Become a Member/Partner with the DIA • Nonprofits and Civic Organizations: Join the Smart City Community Council

Members of the Dallas Innovation Alliance


DIA 6 29 meetup deck  

Presentation from the Dallas Innovation Alliance's Community Meetup on June 29, 2016

DIA 6 29 meetup deck  

Presentation from the Dallas Innovation Alliance's Community Meetup on June 29, 2016