Soofa turns cities into R&D labs.
Your smart city project doesn't need to have a million dollar budget. At Soofa we believe it starts with four bolts. With those bolts in the ground you start evaluating immediately, gathering the public's input and testing the technology. We believe in using the word "pilot" not as simply a phrase to counter risk aversion, rather as a true phase 1 of a larger project; it is a time for objective testing and working together to ensure our technology solves exactly what you need it to.
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Our Smart City Research Series covers public art, transit, and parks. This primary research focuses on economic impacts, quality of life enhancements, and improved livability of neighborhoods, from public art installations, well designed transit systems with a focus on ridership experience, and parks.
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This paper discusses the transformative power of public art and the relationship of public art to the urban experience: from successful ways public art has been meaningful to communities, to how cities and developers use public art, and opportunities and challenges for public art.
Published June 2018
By offering arrival information at transit sites and via smartphones, cities save riders’ time, increase satisfaction with transit, and encourage others to make the switch to public transit. This white paper explores the evidence behind it and covers the positive effects signage has.
Published November 2016
In our work with cities across the U.S. we identified a need for better tools to measure the positive impact of parks. We created this white paper to emphasize the scale of parks’ influence and the importance of innovating in public space. Turning to technology and new uses for parks is of even greater importance as parks fight for funding due to budget cuts and aging infrastructure needs.
Published March 2016