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 The Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) is a coalition of stakeholders from the City of Dallas, corporations, Civic and NGO organizations, academia and private individuals who are invested in Dallas’ continued evolution as a forward‐thinking, innovative, ‘smart’ global city. Our working definition of a Smart City is a city at the intersection of community, data and technology to improve quality of life, facilitate economic growth and access to opportunity, and improve resource efficiencies. Operating from a foundational vision that smart cities are about people and not just technology, DIA is focused on the end user – building a critical mass of the most highly-engaged citizens in the country. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to develop a multi-phased approach that leverages our distinctive strengths for the benefit of Dallas that also leaves a legacy of innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations. Understanding that there is not a ‘one sized fits all’ solution, looking at customized projects for distinctive parts of the city is critical to serving all residents. Our overarching goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and providing opportunities for prosperity for its citizens. Today the DIA, with key leadership support at the City of Dallas, encompasses a network of three dozen partners across the public, private, civic, and academic sectors and over 20 city departments. In short, the DIA has taken a best minds approach in order to align on projects and objectives for its Phase I “Smart Cities Living Lab” in the West End Historic District in Downtown Dallas. To read the case study on the results and learnings from the Living Lab, you can access the document and data dashboard here.


The best way to plan for downtown is to see how people use it today; to look for its strengths and to exploit and reinforce them. There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city; people make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.
— Jane Jacobs, "The Death and Life of Great American Cities"

leveraging city-wide efforts

For years, Dallas has been engaging in emerging technologies and infrastructure. DIA seeks to leverage the impact and best practices of these City of Dallas initiatives for maximum benefit to the city. Some of these include:

  • Dallas Open Data

  • Big Data Research Collaboration between UT Dallas and SMU

  • Oncor Microgrid Project

  • DART GoPass and Mobile Solutions

  • Dallas Police Department: iWatchDallas, Fusion Center

  • Smart Meters and Energy Efficiency Programs

  • Resilient Dallas plan via 100 Resilient Cities

  • Green Dallas and the Climate Action Plan in progress

  • Smart Streets and Mobility programs

  • Smart Light Poles and 5G deployments

  • Intelligent Traffic Signals [Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)]

  • Cities of Learning

  • And many others...if you are working on an initiative, please contact us via the Join Us page