City Launches ‘WeHo Smart City’ Initiative
The City of West Hollywood is launching its WeHo Smart City initiative, which aims to holistically weave technology throughout the urban fabric as a means of enhancing its community’s quality of life. The WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan is the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area and is one of only a handful of smart city strategic plans in the country. The West Hollywood City Council approved the WeHo Smart City Strategic Plan at its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. The full plan can be downloaded by visiting www.weho.org/smartcity and there is a microsite with information and details at www.wehosmartcity.org.
The WeHo Smart City initiative sets forth a multi-phased roadmap to efficiently incorporate smart technologies, digital tools, and data analytics into City services for greater efficiency and enhanced customer service. The proposed framework supports City initiatives already underway in the SMART areas of Sustainability, Mobility, Accessibility, Resiliency, and Transparency.
“The WeHo Smart City plan is the basis to coordinate our efforts to embrace new technologies that will positively impact the experiences of our residents, businesses, and visitors,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “In employing these new technologies, we will be able to more effectively measure our efficiencies and better analyze everything from energy use to traffic flow in order to make more informed decisions about City priorities, which will benefit everyone in the community.”
The WeHo Smart City initiative will build the capacity of West Hollywood City Hall to leverage technology for greater efficiency and improved experiences for community members by coordinating currently planned projects such as: the creation of a municipal fiber network, which will provide the highest available level of data connectivity; the acquisition of light standards (street light poles) from Southern California Edison, which will create new opportunities for energy-saving LED and smart-sensor retrofits; and, the implementation of smart transit shelters, which will be enhanced with digital technologies to provide real-time information to public transportation users.
As the WeHo Smart City initiative moves forward, new tools will be implemented across City functions to support a culture of data by building capacity for analytics and developing new tools to transparently track progress on key City priorities. The plan will be implemented through a series of pilot projects, which will provide opportunities for the community to engage and provide feedback to the City about the effects of new technologies. A primary goal is to provide for more informed and strategic decision-making when planning and delivering services to the community, which will benefit everyone.
The City of West Hollywood has worked with CityFi, a global thought leader in the transportation, technology and finance sectors to develop the WeHo Smart City initiative. Working by inspiring community action, advising organizational leadership, developing strategic roadmaps, and facilitating public-private partnerships, CityFi integrates public policy, urban design, economic development, capacity building, and civic innovation to achieve measurable outcomes to create more livable, sustainable and efficient communities.
For additional information about the City of West Hollywood’s Smart City initiative, please visit www.weho.org/smartcity or www.wehosmartcity.org. A one-minute animated informational video is available on the City of West Hollywood’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/15y1K1KIm0w.For more information, please contact Francisco Contreras, the City of West Hollywood’s Innovation Manager, at (323) 848-6874 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.