How does Portage, a small, lively city of just under 50,000 residents in Southwest Michigan improve quality of life, attract visitors, and engage its community - making it a natural place to move? By having the desire to be first to test new technologies and follow through on making sure they are successfully implemented and used by the public.
Written to help cities deploy internet of things technologies in a responsible manner, the City of New York's Internet Of Things Guidelines were published late last year and have been adopted by cities across the globe. Soofa's smart parks deployment with the New York City Parks Department was the first project to follow the guidelines, and helped inform their structure.
Get reliable and accurate baseline data on park use - without counting by hand
Measure the success of events and programming strategies
Make better decisions for capital improvement projects
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The Park District of Oak Park is one of Soofa's first early adopters of the Soofa Pro sensor, which measures pedestrian traffic in outdoor public spaces. This case study shares insights into the project, data visualizations, lessons learned, and next steps to maximize the value of Soofa Pro data to the Park District's operations.
Since launching the Soofa Beta Cities network in May of 2016, we have been developing Soofa Pro, the sensor embedded version of the Soofa Bench and Soofa Core. Our sensor measures pedestrian activity in public spaces and we provide this data in an easy to use monthly report as well as through raw data exports and an API. In this post we detail the analytic tools available and how they are currently being used by our beta partners like NYC Parks, the Park District of Oak Park, IL, and many more.
From the beginning our mission has been to create smarter, more social, and more sustainable cities. As we look back on 2016 and reflect on where we’ve come since this time last year, we wanted to share our successes and challenges, and look ahead to what’s coming in 2017.
Today Soofa announced the launch of the Soofa Sign with the City of Boston and the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is the first in the country to pilot this new technology which provides a new platform for the Mayor and the City to connect with residents and visitors. The Soofa Sign is the latest product in Soofa's smart urban furniture ecosystem that improves the quality of life for citizens while generating data for city leaders to make more informed decisions.
Free public wifi, the most ambitious downtown development project in the Hudson Valley, 100% renewable energy, cohesive marketing and storytelling; these are just some of the things the City is doing to compete for the future. Check out this exclusive interview with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and Luiz Aragon, Commissioner of Development to learn more.
How do smaller sized cities innovate? The Town of Newmarket, Ontario (with a population of just over 85,000 people) is a perfect example of how to do it. They are also our second Canadian city and the first in Ontario. Learn more about our collaboration and see what else Newmarket is doing to be a leader in civic innovation and to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors.
We are big proponents of making innovative projects happen in all cities, big or small, dense or rural. Parkland County is an amazing example of how a rural county can innovate successfully. At a population of just 12 people per square mile, it's about as rural as you can get! We did a spotlight with Barb Scully to learn more about how her and her team use technology to improve the quality of life for everyone in the county.
On June 7th, we officially launched in Canada with the help of the City of Edmonton. The City kicked off its Environment Week by showcasing its new Soofa Benches to the public, the press, and city leaders. Learn more!
Since March 2016, we've been monitoring the usage of Cambridge's Soofa Bench network. The City's 16 benches suprassed the 4000 devices charged, 1000 total hours of charge milestones. Keep in mind that this is before summer made its way to the Boston area! Take a look at some highlights from these exciting milestones.
In 2014, Soofa officially launched through a partnership with the New Urban Mechanics in Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's Office. In 2015, we began shipping nationally. Now, in 2016, we've shipped over 150 Soofa Benches to 16 states and 5 countries. Are you joining us?
With so many potential options available to make your city or space more attractive and inviting, how do you know where to start? We've simplified the process by analyzing 5 strategies ranging from placemaking to focusing on marketing existing strengths.
Among all things sustainability in the Town of Ashland, MA is the Soofa Bench. See what Phillip Williams says about how his bench helps strengthen the Town's commitment to sustainability and how it has become a great educational tool for children.
Meet Jeff Rosalsky, Executive Director of the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Pennsylvania. Jeff is one of our early adopters and this week we're featuring him in our Spotlight Series. Read more about Jeff and PEEC, and get the inside scoop into why he has a Soofa Bench in front of his main building.
How busy was your bench during a beautiful, sunny weekend? How many hours of charge has your network of benches provided over its lifetime? Which bench is the most popular? Soofa Atlas lets you answer all these questions and more. Here's a run down of the top 5 features provided by Atlas.
And some lessons learned for how cities can best leverage their young talent and build a culture of innovation.
Green Mountain Power donated a Soofa Bench to the City of Rutland, VT, home to the company's Energy Innovation Center. We spoke with Betsy Bloomer, Director of the Center, to learn why Green Mountain Power selected Soofa as the perfect symbol for energy innovation.