Smart Priorities for the Next 18 to 24 Months

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The following Smart City initiatives are forecasted to kick off within the next 24 months, and includes projects currently underway, priorities targeted for implementation within this timeframe, and exploratory discussions for future planning.

It should also be noted that preliminary planning & feasibility may occur for other interests not listed that are targeted beyond the next two years (including development of a smart energy grid, optimization of renewable energy, exploring drone use, adding electric vehicle charging stations and evaluating traffic signal timing).

Most notably, key focal areas for the upcoming 24 months include:

Foundational-Infrastructure-arrow Provision the robust, scalable communications & data infrastructure needed to enable other smart initiatives and services.
Downtown-Focus Foster downtown vibrancy for businesses, residents, and visitors. This includes initiatives to bolster Wi-Fi and Broadband access, reap energy savings & generate revenue through LED Lighting & smart nodes, enhance ease of locating available parking for citizens, support innovation district priorities, enhance resident & visitor experience downtown…and more!

Pilot Automated Water/ Energy Smart metering in targeted locations.

Continue delivery, implementation and monitoring of those Smart-related efforts currently underway, including Facilities Automation, FirstNet, Food-to-Energy, and MesaNow Expansion.


Building the Foundation

Communications Infrastructure
Provision the required communications infrastructure to effectively sustain Smart City initiatives. (This will be a phased approach based upon priorities.)

Data Privacy Policy
Establish the overarching data privacy policy, standards and supporting procedures pertaining to the collection, use and disclosure of data from a privacy perspective.

Data Infrastructure (including Data Warehousing)
Provision the required data infrastructure and platforms needed to effectively sustain Smart City initiatives. (This will be a phased approach based upon priorities.)

Smart Community

MesaNow Expansion
Continue the expansion of MesaNow mobile application functionality to enhance citizen engagement, access to information and resources, and community involvement.

Innovation District
Create a physical space & environment for entrepreneurs, academic innovators, city staff and citizens to work together to explore solutions for improving the quality of life for our community.

Smart Downtown Pilot

Downtown Broadband and Wi-Fi Expansion
Provide Wi-Fi and gigabit fiber connectivity to the downtown district, enhancing the experience and engagement of businesses, residents and visitors.

Downtown Digital Kiosks
Provide wayfinding in the downtown district, enhance visibility of the arts, businesses & other services, encourage additional tourism, provide light rail information, engage citizens, and create a revenue generation platform for the City. Includes MesaNow for Kiosk, Wayfinding, Wi-Fi Expansion, 3P Revenue Model.

Downtown LED Light Smart Nodes
Upgrade to LED streetlights with smart node capability, providing energy-savings as lights are automatically adjusted based on pedestrian and traffic volume, revenue generation opportunities, and support for other Smart Cities initiatives. This includes Cameras/Optical Sensors, Wi-Fi Expansion, Parking and Pedestrian Analytics. It may be critical infrastructure for communications and AMI.

Parking Sensors
Improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and make it easier for citizens to find available parking. This includes sharing information through multiple messaging platforms.

People Counter
Explore strategic use of these devices in support of other smart initiatives to improve stakeholder experience and obtain traffic or other efficiencies.

Shared Active Transportation Vehicle (SATV)
Explore use of SATVs (including electric scooters and e-bikes) to enhance mobility in targeted locations.

Smart Government

Automated Vehicle Location (AVL)
Explore further optimizing AVL use to enhance routing and gain fuel savings and other efficiencies.

Automated Water/ Energy Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
Implement smart meters and supporting infrastructure for Utilities services to improve customer experience, enable cost efficiencies, and provide information for decision making. Key features include real-time consumption, predictive analytics on use & patterns, automated turn on & off of utility services, outage notification, and more!

Smart Public Safety

Fire Service Analytics: National Fire Operating Reporting System (NFORS)
Leverage a national system where data insights can be analyzed to evaluate fire resourcing, response availability, and effectiveness of operational services to mitigate injury, death and property loss.

FirstNet is a dedicated communications network that provides first responders exclusive access to bandwidth and prioritized connectivity during emergency situations.

Smart Environment

Facilities Automation
Enhance existing building automation system and add sensors to automate and monitor HVAC, lighting, security, life safety and other building functions, enabling the City to realize cost savings and other benefits.

Food-to-Energy Anaerobic Waste Digester Pilot
Pilot converting food waste processed through the city’s anaerobic digester to ultimately produce energy.