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16 Mar 2018

Finalists Named in IDC Government Insights Smart Cities North America Awards

26 cities across 34 different projects and 16 states recognized for success in leveraging emerging technology and innovation to support Smart City initiatives

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 16, 2018IDC Government Insights named finalists this week in the inaugural Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNAA). The new awards were designed to recognize the progress North American communities have made in executing Smart Cities projects, as well as provide a forum for sharing best practices to help accelerate Smart City development in the region. Finalists include 14 categories covering 26 cities across 34 different projects and 16 states. As a next step in the nomination process, IDC Government Insights invites the public to vote on the named finalists at through the end of March. Winners will be announced in early April. To learn more about these finalists, please visit

Finalists in the SCNAA illustrate best practice examples of urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology (cloud, platforms, analytics, IoT, mobile solutions) and data, unique partnerships, funding models, and/or community involvement. This year's finalists by category are:

Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing, Ride-Sharing:

  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Arlington, TX

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Boston, MA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Detroit, MI

Smart Buildings

  • Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Dallas, TX

Sustainable Infrastructure

  • Chicago, IL
  • Spokane, WA
  • The State of Illinois
  • San Diego, CA

Smart Water

  • Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Dallas, TX

Digital Equity and Accessibility

  • New York, NY
  • Tukwila, WA
  • State of Arkansas

Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces

  • Little Rock, AR
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Las Vegas, NV

Police and Law Enforcement

  • El Paso, TX
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Charlotte, NC

"We are thrilled to recognize innovative projects across North America that demonstrate true progress in building Smart Cities," said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights and the global director of the Smart Cities Strategies practice at IDC. "We look forward to public feedback on each of these initiatives to name our winners and highlight best practices to support continued Smart City advancement across municipalities."

For additional information about these awards or to speak with Ruthbea Yesner, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or

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Regions Covered

North America

Topics Covered

Digital transformation

Vertical Markets

Government, Smart cities and communities

For more information, contact:

Shannon Smith

Sarah Murray