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11 Apr 2018

Winners Named in IDC Smart Cities North America Awards

Inaugural awards generate nearly 3,000 votes across 14 smart city categories; winners to be honored at Smart Cities New York event

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 11, 2018 – After weeks of public voting with close to 3,000 votes, IDC Government Insights today announced the winners of the inaugural IDC 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. Winners were named in 14 categories and with a tie in both Education and Sustainable Infrastructure, 16 cities were represented, underscoring the overwhelming success and efficiency of smart city projects implemented across the country. Winners will be honored at the Smart Cities New York event, May 8-10 at Manhattan's Pier 36. To learn more about the event, please visit To learn more about these winning projects, please visit

Winners 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 winners by category are:


  • Arlington, TX

Civic Engagement

  • Kansas City, MO

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

  • Ann Arbor, MI

Digital Equity and Accessibility

  • Transit Wireless - New York, NY

Education - TIE

  • Abilene Christian University Campus, Abilene, TX
  • State of Arkansas

Emergency Management

  • El Paso, TX

Police and Law Enforcement

  • Baton Rouge, LA

Public Health and Social Services

  • Boston, MA

Smart Buildings

  • Miami – Dade County, FL

Smart Water

  • Virginia Beach, VA

Sustainable Infrastructure - TIE

  • Spokane, WA
  • San Diego, CA

Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces

  • Little Rock, AR

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Detroit, MI

Urban Planning and Land Use

  • Austin, TX

To read more details about the winning projects, please visit

"The overwhelming positive response to our inaugural Smart Cities North America Awards has been encouraging as winners represent the most innovative smart city projects, implemented across the country, designed to improve our cities for the betterment of its citizens," said Ruthbea Yesner, vice president, IDC Government Insights: Smart Cities Strategies. "We are thrilled to promote their success and offer a forum for this community to share best practices and lessons learned as government officials look to replicate similar projects in their own 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