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An Entrepreneurial City challenges the status quo on how projects are developed and delivered, integrating an experimental spirit to take calculated risks while exploring innovative possibilities to bring the best and brightest ideas, projects and collaboration to Denver. The following are 3 areas that are examples of this process in action.

1. Partners in Innovation: Pena Station NEXT with Panasonic

This week, brains were installed in the first of 53 city street lights that live near the solitary Peña Station rail stop just south of Denver International Airport. The first autonomous shuttle is expected to move in next month. By March, a device that measures air quality will join the community, high-density Wi-Fi will be turned on and the first series of apartments will break ground in hopes of attracting new life. Denver’s futuristic smart city, Peña Station Next, is becoming a reality.

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  • Panasonic has helped the City and County of Denver focus and work on smart city projects by bringing different state and city agencies together. The city is using Peña Station Next as a technology test bed with environmental sensing and Wi-Fi, to better understand the costs and benefits and technology.
  •  Pena Station NEXT’s smart and sustainable technologies will form a unique backbone that offers businesses, residents, and visitors advanced services and experiences, including renewable energy, next-generation public safety, environmental solutions, electric vehicle (EV) charging, smart lighting and parking, and ‘last mile’ solutions such as an autonomous EV shuttle service.

2. Collaborators in Innovation:

Building a citizen-centric, technology-focused research capacity on smart urban communities through collaboration between the University of Denver (DU) and CCD. The city of Denver co-submitted with the universities for $3M National Science Foundation Grant for Smart and Connected Communities. 

3. Denver Smart City Living Lab

With a rapidly growing population in the city of Denver, comes pain points of this growth, specifically traffic and congestion. As part of a $12 million project to address this issue, Denver is deploying a Living Lab. Leveraging cutting-edge transportation technology to help reduce congestion and our cities carbon footprint.

The living lab is where the city tests innovative ideas and share knowledge at minimal cost. The lab provides direct access to modern technology to fully understand capabilities and limitations prior to large-scale deployments, allowing the government to innovate in a contained environment. Three applications are:

  • Freight movement efficiency: help freight to move through easily and efficiently and discourage freight travel through residential communities, detecting semi-trucks and providing signal timing to keep them moving.
  • Safe, enhanced pedestrian crossings: test technology to extend the timing of the flashing beacons, if necessary, which becomes a safer environment for people who walk in Denver.  Good places for pedestrians is a sign of a people-centered, vibrant city.  
  • Connected transportation ecosystem: The Connected Traffic Management Center allows us to leverage existing Intelligent Transportation Systems infrastructure. Additionally, we are simultaneously preparing for a future with increasing Connected Vehicles, paving the way for Autonomous Vehicles.