Community
Austin, TX
Category
Applications
Sector
Other
Status
Deployed

Community-Focused, Data-Driven, Mobile-Powered Design and Optimization of Communities and Citie.

Brief Description:

The City of Austin led an effort to enhance the Envision Tomorrow (ET) software to compare economic development scenarios for impact and revenue, including jobs, property taxes, etc. This enhanced version of ET uses observed data and empirical models to enable city planners to compare and visualize development scenarios. Concurrently, the HubCiti ™ team developed a mobile app to inform individual resident and visitors about their communities: from businesses, schools, and city government services to local news, weather, low gas prices, hike/bike trails, local attractions. HubCiti provides a digital platform for commercial, non-profit, educational, and social initiatives; it helps business and organizations attract more customers and more support. Now, the two efforts are being integrated: HubCiti and Vizias are creating the All Austin app, a comprehensive community app that connects residents to everything relevant in their city, while also planning integration with the Envision Tomorrow software for data sharing and community polling. The enhancements and deployment of All Austin, and the integration with Envision Tomorrow, will create a unique system (Envision Austin) for analyzing individual and community patterns, collecting inputs, and improving and designing communities. This infrastructure will further help business attract customers, and help planner support local business and jobs.

Major Requirements:

• Integrate Austin’s open data streams into HubCiti app
• Develop micro-polling capabilities and determine optimal polling frequency
• Implement ‘civic loyalty program’ to encourage adoption, allow utilization of motion data, and encourage participation in micro-polls
• Develop real-time analytics for in-the-moment findings and actions
• Develop fixed and mobile sensor infrastructure for data collation in real time, and including civic engagement via maker movement technology initiatives.
• Integrate city health data and develop means for people to contribute fitness and health data, develop analytics to understand wellness, fitness, and health by community as well as city-wide
• Established a New Set of Economic Metrics and Conditions that can emulate the Economic Planning Tool Suite for Austin’s Urban Growth with real and accurate digital facts.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs):

Utilization of All Austin and Envision Tomorrow for projections: 2013-2017
● Deployed in 5 Areas of Texas covering 48 cities: 2013-1Q2016
● Integration of customized notifications to Austin residents, visitors: 1Q16
● Alpha testing of All Austin™ app by CofA staff and Austin CityUP members (>30): 1Q16
● Integration of CofA government open data sources (>10): 1H2016
● Integration of civic micro-polling and government responses: 2Q2016
● Beta testing of All Austin™ app Deployment with expanded participation by CofA staff and by select Austin residents (>100): 2Q16
● Urban planning ROI and investment clarity via civic digital engagement: 2Q2016
● Full deployment to Austin residents & visitors (goal: 1000): summer 2016.
● Expansion of marketing to reach 10,000 users: fall 2016
● Pilot of fixed sensor infrastructure: late 2016-early 2017
● mHealth engagement and support by local health franchises: early 2016

Measurement Methods:

All City Data Available via Mobile Platforms – Currently Less than 10%
City Planning Improvement via Data Feeds from Real Time Data Feeds of Citizen Insights and Analytics.- Currently this is Less than 10% . Accurate Economic Indicators via our Know Local, Spend Local and sustain Local commerce and tax base methodology – Currently No Digital insights. Empower STEM / Workforce Training on The Design Platform Technologies to allow workforce skill understanding of APP Development for future Digital Initiative and Business Grow Ideas. Establish this initiative with Austin Educational Institutions. Share Key City Findings with Other GCTC Cities 2-3 Cities by end of 2017.

Project’s Impact:

The entire system–smart city app, open data sources, and modeling systems– provide an opportunity for civic equality in terms of digital access to services and information that allow localized business and sustainability opportunities to be support and provided regardless of economic wealth, residential location and age of any given citizen of the Austin Area. With the integrated spend and support approach, local residents can keep small and medium business enterprises sustained within their residential areas and know that a proportion of the overall spend will be contributed to local schools, education and workforce initiatives to increase and improve the skill base of residents.

The economic planning tools and the mobile data collected will enable city planners to address civic issues in near or close to near time and as the Platform and Solution evolve identify process improvements in civic planning methods for a more accurate planning approach for future city development and characterization. Ready for Public Announcement – Trials in 2Q2016

Team Information: Team Lead:

Jay Boisseau ([email protected]), CEO of Vizias

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