The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA), a 501c(3) Public-Private Partnership dedicated to the development and execution of a multi-phased smart city strategy for Dallas, has publicly unveiled its vision for its living lab in the West End, as part of the burgeoning Dallas Innovation District. The vision was revealed via concept renderings from BOKA Powell, and a virtual reality experience from Dallas-based 900lbs of Creative. These visual and immersive tools provide a view into what the West End looks like today, and what it will look like with smart elements incorporated into the living lab in the coming months.

The DIA will address key challenges faced by Dallas, and cities around the world, around aging infrastructure, strained natural and fiscal resources, and increased density in the urban core, while providing the technology and connectivity needed to power the future for all Dallasites. The DIA operates from the definition that a smart city is one where technological and social infrastructures accelerate sustainable economic development, conserves resources and improves the quality of life for its citizens.

The West End living lab will include smart city elements including:

1.    Intelligent LED Lighting: Street lights in the living lab along Market Street will be converted to LED, and sensors measuring environmental levels, including air quality, and crowd/noise detection will be installed.

2.    Interactive Digital Kiosks: a series of kiosks will be deployed in the West End, which will provide a key focal point for citizen engagement, alongside delivery of public services, provision of public Wi-Fi, USB charging stations, emergency services, and wayfinding /transit options. Additional open source platform possible to provide a key application allowing for direct engagement with the city, events and services. Exact components of the hardware, and of the internal software can be customized to fit Dallas’ needs.

3.    Network Connectivity: Fiber and cellular networks will provide full coverage, powering the living lab.

4.    Public Wi-Fi will be available in the West End living lab.

5.    Smart Parking: Infrastructure will be installed allowing for monitoring and visibility into available parking options, with the potential to locate and reserve parking ahead of time. Benefits include an improved citizen experience, increased parking utilization rates and decreased traffic congestion/CO2 emissions. A large proportion of urban congestion is directly related to cars looking for parking.

6.    End-to-End Mobility App: Working with key partners, the Dallas Innovation Alliance will facilitate an end-to-end mobility application, allowing citizens a single point solution, incorporating all modes of transit, including: mass transit, car, rideshare, bike sharing, walking and smart parking solutions. Benefits include ability to weigh mixed modes of transit, choose your journey based on user priority including length of trip, cost of trip or taking the greenest possible option.

7.    Waste Management: Solar-powered waste management system increases capacity and productivity, with sensors providing data so that trashcans are only emptied when they are full, decreasing CO2 emissions and overall cost.

8.    Open Source Platform: A open source software platform will aggregate data and provide opportunities for citizens, entrepreneurs and organizations to build smart city applications on top of the platform.