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US transit agencies get creative to support vaccine effort

Over 350 transit agencies across the US are providing free transportation to vaccination centres or allowing their stations and facilities to be used as COVID-19 vaccine sites, according to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Earlier this week, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg paid tribute to their efforts, and urged others to join in the vaccination drive. “Getting vaccinated is the...

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London selects data start-ups to support COVID recovery

A data platform to reduce high street property vacancies, a journey planner for COVID-safe travel and an app to help gig workers understand their earnings are among the finalists in London’s search for solutions to pandemic-related challenges. In February, applications for the Mayor’s £1 million (US$1.42 million) Resilience Fund were opened to companies using data and technology to solve key issues identified as central to the...

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New Jersey DOT partners with Rutgers University on mobility testbed

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has partnered with Rutgers University to develop a testbed for mobility data-gathering, analysis and sharing technologies. The university’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) will install the solutions at multiple intersections in New Brunswick, New Jersey as part of the Middlesex County (MC-SMTG) project in collaboration with NJDOT and tech firm Velodyne...

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Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

A digital twin of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England will be used to support the city’s pandemic recovery and future planning. As well as helping the city visualise plans and better manage issues such as air quality, noise, flooding and traffic, the tool could feature virtual shops, exhibitions and heritage walking trails, and games companies could use it to create interactive content. It also aims to enable greater citizen...

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How US cities are using artificial intelligence to boost vaccine uptake

US President Joe Biden yesterday announced a goal for 70 percent of the adult US population to have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot by July 4. Cities are playing a key role in this historic vaccination effort, not only in terms of logistics and administration but also with respect to the critical component of resident engagement. To maximise vaccine uptake, local governments are working to mitigate any resident concerns; to...

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Nevada Innovation Zones plan scaled back

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak won’t ask lawmakers to approve his controversial proposal to allow technology companies to establish Innovation Zones in this legislative session. Instead, he announced his intention to create a special joint committee to study the idea. The concept of Innovation Zones was introduced as part of the Governor’s Economic Action Plan during the 2021 State of the State address as a way to diversify the...

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UK accelerator launches innovation hub toolkit

UK accelerator Connected Places Catapult has launched a guide which aims to help jumpstart the UK’s economic recovery by seeding and supporting innovation quarters, districts and corridors. Hubs of Innovation: A playbook for place leaders was created in collaboration with the UK Innovation Districts Group, with research led by The Business of Cities and is designed for place-leaders, anchor institutions and larger stakeholders who...