Smart City Technology Adoption in California

This project documents the adoption of “smart city” technologies by service providers in California. These technologies potentially allow cities, counties, infrastructure agencies, and private service providers to manage their assets more effectively or sustainably, and make services more accessible. They can also raise concerns about privacy and surveillance. Our on-going data compilation effort tracks the acquisition of such technologies in the transportation and security sectors using a variety of techniques, including interviews, webscraping, surveys, and automated text analysis. We are also analyzing the extent to which each of these data sources can contribute to our understanding of how local public agencies make decisions regarding whether or not to adopt new technologies.

This project was made possible through funding received by the University of California Institute of Transportation Studies from the State of California through the Public Transportation Account and the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1).

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