Facing drastic changes from the workforce to climate change, municipalities around the world have sought to create Smart Cities. We take this concept a step further to look at how AI can reimagine urban centers globally, with sustainability and equity as defining principles.
The Intelligent Cities Project is an initiative designed to help cities comprehend and utilize the potential of new & emerging technologies that can help them enhance the quality of life of its residents.
Launched in June 2021, Intelligent Cities Assessment offers any city official a customized report showcasing the potential use areas of artificial intelligence for the municipality’s most pressing issues, such as urban planning and development, education, energy, and healthcare services.
In addition to these recommendations, we help connect city planners with partner organizations and companies that can help with implementing and scaling these changes.
Intelligent Cities Assessment
Helping city officials explore the likely impact of AI in your city.
Transform The Future of Your City
- Urban Planning
- Food Security
- Community Welfare
What kind of infrastructure spending will support the future mobility in your city?
Can redesigning your school curriculum improve attendance and performance?
Will better climate forecasting lead to greater solar energy adoption in your neighborhood?
How AI is Transforming Urban Centers Around the World
Urban Planning & Transportation
Kokomo in Indiana has been utilizing Picterra - a geospatial imagery analysis tool, to monitor and optimize road maintenance costs. This has allows the city council to manage road maintenance costs preemptive, optimize public fund utilisation for renovation and construction and provide a methodology for further infrastructure maintenance efforts.
The Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) uses the Vermont Weather Analytics Center (VWAC) to improve operational efficiency and renewable energy management. VWAC uses an advanced ML model that combines weather and renewable energy forecasts with demand and distributed sources to deliver more precise hyper-local forecasts that include local solar farms and homes as energy sources.
Massachusetts General Hospital partnered with the computing company NVIDIA to implement AI-powered machines for disease detection, diagnosis, treatment and management processes. The programs train more than 10 billion medical images in radiology and pathology to facilitate faster testing and diagnostic capabilities.
Milton Keynes, a fast-growing UK city, worked with the Institute of AI at De Montfort University Leicester to use AI models to identify student attendance patterns at the Milton Keynes-based Willen Primary School. As school attendance is closely linked with educational performance and later life outcomes they were able to use this data to identify when students most often missed school and create programs to increase attendance.
Community Service & Support
The North Carolina Innovation Center instituted chatbots - auditory or textual computerized conversational systems, which are frequently AI-based - in 2016. These systems free up the help center operators’ line, where about 90 percent of calls are just about basic password support, allowing operators to answer more complicated and time-sensitive inquiries.
The city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil has created a food security program - Secretariat for Nutrition and Food Security (SMASAN), which guarantees access to free or low-cost food to those who are struggling to afford basic necessities. Because of this program, thousands of children and adults have had access to healthy food, and it decreased childhood mortality of those under the age of 5 by 72% between 1993 and 2005. The city hires several agricultural specialists to help them with land regulations and the use of their resources, and this helps to secure the right amount of healthy food needed and it also secures the land for sustainable use. Schools serve as an important place for these organic gardens, and children are taught about conservation and care for the ecosystems.
Further Research and Resources
In 2020, Helsinki and Amsterdam announced the launch of their open AI registers. They are the first cities to offer such a service in the world. The AI registers describe what, where, and how AI applications are being used in the two municipalities; which datasets were used for training purposes; how algorithms were assessed for potential bias or risks; and how humans use the AI services.
We are proud to share the work of Pegasus Imagery, a Canada-based company using the latest drone technology to acquire the necessary data to aid the country’s natural disaster response. Recommended as a resource in our Intelligent Cities Report for the City of Kelowna for their wildfire and flooding management capabilities, AI for Good is proud to uplift companies that are using their technologies for good. We asked them about their mission, the value of sustainable technology, and what they hope for looking ahead.
Panelists, including CEO James Hodson, discuss the future of work and how the pandemic has affected office life, the type of influence AI will have on our current and future workforce, and the role of public and private partnerships with AI technologies. The panelists also spoke of the need for skilled labor and how AI-enabled work may encourage immigration to the United States.
We encourage all cities to take our Self Assessment Tool as a first step so that we can work together to get you the resources you need to benefit from the potential of Artificial Intelligence technologies.
If you are a researcher, NGO, AI service provider, or other organisation that has relevant capabilities for emerging intelligent cities, please get in touch so
we can unlock more opportunities for cities around the world.
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