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High tech operations yield more awards for Montgomery City Hall

The City of Montgomery wins another national award for using technology to streamline operations and optimize service to residents

Post Date:01/15/2019 12:30 PM

MONTGOMERY – The Capital of Dreams continues its technological transformation on the national stage with two new awards for its smart city initiatives. 

Smart Cities Connect this week named the City of Montgomery a winner in two categories in the Smart 50 Awards, a program this spring honoring the most innovative and influential global smart cities projects launched in the past year.

“These awards, like those before them, are a testament to our team’s dedication to embracing technology to pave the way for new opportunities and enhance overall quality of life in Montgomery,” Mayor Todd Strange said. “Most importantly, these award-winning projects allow us better serve our residents, ease the burden on staff resources and save taxpayer dollars. We are committed to finding even more innovative ways to build a brighter future and make Montgomery the best place to live, work and visit in our state and our region.”

The City’s collaboration with RoadBotics, a project using artificial intelligence (AI) to better assess paving needs, took top honors in the Awards’ Mobility category, which includes renowned technology hubs like Austin, Atlanta, San Diego and Kansas City. Its partnership with Rubicon Global to streamline residential and commercial sanitation services won in the Urban Operations category, joining the likes of Las Vegas, Denver and Eilat, Israel.

The City of Montgomery adopted RoadBotics’ AI-based, cutting-edge program in July 2018 to better assess and address paving priorities. It has since offered a much more comprehensive analysis of Montgomery’s infrastructure needs at a fraction of the time and costs associated with those in previous years. Along with freeing staff resources, the program pinpoints road issues undetectable to the human eye and defects that could snowball into larger issues down the line. This proactive approach should result in bigger taxpayer savings and longer-lasting roads.

Also last year, the City’s Sanitation Department piloted an application from Rubicon Global to use mobile devices and AI to provide the City with real-time information on route operations, vehicle patterns, service interruptions and more. Sanitation leaders are using the findings to fine-tune departmental processes, offering valuable solutions to staff and residents alike.

The Smart 50 Awards will be held April 1 in Denver. Visit https://spring.smartcitiesconnect.org/Smart50Awards/ for the list of winning cities and projects. For more information on these and other City of Montgomery smart city initiatives, visit www.montgomeryal.gov.   

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