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City of West Hollywood Launches ‘WeHo Smart City’ Initiative

Post Date:September 14, 2017 4:19 PM

og:imageThe City of West Hollywood is looking toward the future with its Smart City Initiative, which will explore how to efficiently incorporate smart technologies into the City’s infrastructure, with a focus on projects that promote sustainability, mobility, accessibility, resiliency and transparency. The initiative will leverage technology to improve the community with positive impacts on quality of life, health, safety, and well-being.

“Technology is evolving rapidly,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman “West Hollywood’s Smart City Initiative will help us to evaluate innovative approaches and implement new technologies as we maintain and improve our infrastructure over the course of the future.”

To assist in developing and implementing its Smart City Initiative, the City of West Hollywood has partnered with CityFi, LLC to work with the City’s Innovation Division in developing the WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan. CityFi is a leader in urban change management and leads a team comprised of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), Iteris, and Steer Davies Gleave. SOM is one of the largest and most influential architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world; Iteris is a global leader in applied informatics for urban systems; and Steer Davies Gleave is one of the preeminent mobility consulting groups worldwide.

To introduce the Smart City Initiative, the City hosted a WeHo Smart City Pop-Up Open House on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at West Hollywood City Hall’s outdoor Community Plaza, located at 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard. Staff members from the City’s Innovation Division and CityFi team were in attendance and the open house featured interactive programming about the core values of smart city strategic planning.

The WeHo Smart City Pop-Up Open House included:

  • Self-guided demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. —

    Smart city technologies were on-site for demonstration;

  • Gallery walk from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Five zones were organized by strategic plan core values, allowing attendees to walk through the space with the consultant team for a general introduction to smart city case studies. Attendees provided feedback on strategies; and
  • WeHo Smart City Talks from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. — Presentations by the project team followed by a Q&A.

There are a number of new Smart City projects currently taking place in the City of West Hollywood, including the development of a municipal fiber backbone network, the acquisition and retrofit of light standards (street light poles) from Southern California Edison, and a cutting-edge Smart Bus Shelter project. The WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan will identify opportunities for enhancements to these projects as part of an overall guiding plan to integrate new technologies and streamline additional WeHo Smart City projects.

In November 2017, the City of West Hollywood will host a “WeHo Smart City Symposium” during Innovate LA 2017. The symposium will be open to the public as part of participation in Innovate LA, which is a countywide celebration of regional innovation that consists of events, lectures, and talks throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. Details will follow as information becomes available at www.weho.org/calendar.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Smart City Initiative, please visit www.weho.org/smartcity, or contact Kate Mayerson, the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Analyst at (323) 848-6464 or at kmayerson@weho.org. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.

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