Programs for Entrepreneurs

Lower Manhattan Smart Neighborhood Pilot

The Lower Manhattan Smart Neighborhood pilot will create an integrated, scalable sensor network to support the measurement and analysis of neighborhood conditions, social behavior, and sustainability metrics

Background

The Lower Manhattan Smart Neighborhood pilot will create an integrated, scalable sensor network to support the measurement and analysis of neighborhood conditions, social behavior, and sustainability metrics. This pilot targets those who live and/or work in lower Manhattan by providing real-time insight into urban challenges, and making data publicly available to support entrepreneurs and innovation.

Goals

The Downtown Alliance currently manages and operates a free public wifi network and 174 connected trash compactors and recycling bins in a designated zone in lower Manhattan. Using this infrastructure, they are seeking to develop a sensor data network that will achieve the following:

Address Priorities of the City Administration:

  • Data that leads to the reduction of  Pedestrian Deaths
  • Data that helps understand and improve Air Quality
  • Data that improves the City’s resilience planning

Optimize Urban Development and Livability such as:

  • Traffic information of pedestrians, bikes, cars, or trucks to better understand urban mobility
  • Increase livability by monitoring Air Quality, Sunlight, and/or Noise Pollution

Benefits

  • Valuable new data sets for entrepreneurs, academia, and government agencies to pilot innovation in urban environments
  • Foundational knowledge and strategy to develop smart cities projects at a grander scale in New York City
  • Improved infrastructure planning, ultimately creating economic, environmental, and social benefits

Partners

  • Downtown Alliance – Project lead and owner of pilot infrastructure
  • NYU CUSP (Academic Partner) – Providing knowledge, pilot technologies,  and resources to enable the piloting of smart cities innovation
  • NYCEDC (Strategic Partner) – Enabling stakeholder engagement, defining project vision, and coordinating New York City smart cities initiatives and strategy