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Entrepreneurial City

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. We have embraced a unique opportunity to install, understand, and evaluate several smart technologies in special "living labs" around the city.


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."

Read More from the article "Denver smart city Peña Station Next a technological testing ground for Panasonic" at DenverPost.com

Panasonic has helped the City and County of Denver focus work on smart city projects by bringing different state and city agencies together. The city is using Peña Station Next as a technology testbed with environmental sensing and Wi-Fi to understand costs and benefits of smart technologies.

Pena Station NEXT 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:

Build a citizen-centric, technology-focused research capacity on smart urban communities through collaboration with University of Denver (DU). Denver co-submitted with the university for $3M National Science Foundation Grant for Smart and Connected Communities. We are also working with DU on research opportunties and citizen-centrics efforts like Photovoice.

3. Denver Smart City Living Lab

A rapidly growing population comes with challenges like traffic and congestion. Embracing an opportunity to safely test new technology and solutions to address our city's pain points, we are deploying Living Labs to leverage innovative transportation technology to help reduce congestion and Denver’s carbon footprint.

Living Labs are where the city tests innovative ideas and works to more fully understand capabilities and limitations prior to large-scale deployments. A sample of our current focus areas include:

  • Traffic Signal Activation for Bicyclists - To improve bicyclist safety, we are exploring technology that will enable cyclists to trigger a traffic signal when they are approaching an intersection. This technology and the data that is gathered will not only provide more awareness of people biking, but will also allow bicyclists to have an easier trip along designated routes.
  • Safe & Accessible Transportation for Low Income Residents: To improve bicyclist safety, we are exploring technology that will enable cyclists to trigger a traffic signal when they are approaching an intersection. This technology and the data that is gathered will not only provide more awareness of people biking, but will also allow bicyclists to have an easier trip along designated routes.