News Release

Lafayette Wins Smart City Awards
Posted: 4/4/2019 5:00 PM
 

On April 1, 2019, at the Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo in Denver, CO, Lafayette received two “Smart 50 Awards,” competing against hundreds of other cities worldwide. The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and US Ignite, annually recognizes global smart cities projects, honoring the most innovative and influential work. Lafayette was honored among several larger cities such as Las Vegas, Denver, Dubai, Calgary, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux along with representatives from Lafayette Consolidated Government, LUS Fiber and UL Lafayette were on hand to receive the awards. “It was so incredible to see Lafayette compete and win among these larger cities in the technological sector,” stated Robideaux following the event. “This kind of recognition is a key part of showing businesses that we can compete with the larger markets. We’re taking steps to attract new businesses to invest in Lafayette’s technological industries and allow students to find jobs in technology after they graduate.” 

 
L-R: Matthew E Delcambre​ (University of Louisiana), Chelsea Phillip (KPMG), Kayla Miles (LUS Fiber), Teles Fremin (LUS Fiber), Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, Warren Abadie (LCG), Michael Dunaway (University of Louisiana)

Lafayette won awards in the Community Engagement and Urban Infrastructure categories:

Community Engagement | Water-Centric Citizen Engagement
This proposal was created in response to the historic flood of 2016 in order to improve disaster preparedness. The project consists of deploying a more comprehensive system of water sensors and stream sensors with computer vision cameras to sense rising water levels and standing water. These devices induce quicker disaster response time, and in turn improve public safety and community resilience. This effort combined with more public awareness and accountability, will improve resilience and disaster preparedness. Other winning communities in this category were Washington, DC, Gilbert, AZ, Las Vegas, NV, Richmond, VA, Simcoe County, Canada, San Antonio, TX, Bhopal, India, Tallahassee, FL, Edmonton, Canada, Marietta, GA, Aurora, IL, Ashdod, Israel, Virginia Beach, VA, Atlanta, GA, and Denver, CO. To read Lafayette’s full proposal on Water-Centric Citizen Engagement click here.

Urban Infrastructure | Next Gen Transportation Technology
This proposal seeks to utilize technology to gather useful data on traffic for improved ridership, congestion relief, reduction in individual cost of transportation and improved connectivity. Transportation technology through an internet of things including cameras, lights and traffic signals can improve transportation efficiency and inform more educated transportation infrastructure decisions based on real-time data. Modern traffic flow modifications utilizing automated signals, digital signage, text/radio/emergency alerts improve quality of transportation services every day and in times of disasters. Other winners in this category included Los Angeles, CA, Sejong City, South Korea, Sterling Ranch, CO, Antibes France, and Park City, UT. Read the Lafayette’s full proposal on Next Gen Transportation Technology here.

Lafayette’s recognition at the Smart 50 Awards is the latest effort in adopting and implementing Smart City approaches. By integrating new and emerging technologies at the local government level, LCG can breakdown silos, create efficiencies and increase transparency to better service its constituents. Smart City technologies also provide invaluable data to better understand the wants and needs of constituents while also indicating where LCG’s human and financial assets are most needed. The public expects government to be responsive, efficient and accountable. With a digital transformation of LCG, public employees can meet constituents’ needs while also building a culture that enables them to best serve the community.

For more information on the Smart 50 Awards: https://spring.smartcitiesconnect.org/Smart50Awards/.