Smart Long Beach
What is a “smart" city?
In October 2019, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and the City Council directed City staff to develop a Smart City Initiative. But what is a "smart" city? Does it include a monorail down Ocean Blvd and flying cars? Probably not. Does it mean partnering with the Long Beach community to leverage data and technology as strategic tools to solve challenges and overcome problems? That sounds more like it.
A smart Long Beach is one that is inclusive, responsible, resilient, and community-centered. We think technology and data have the power to improve the lives of all Long Beach residents, and that real change can only happen if we collaborate as one City to solve problems and test out solutions. The Long Beach of the future must be defined by our residents, not technology companies.
What we're doing
The Smart City Initiative advances solutions to civic challenges by engaging the community, staff, and private sector to explore and implement emerging technology. This does not imply that there is something “not smart” about the way things have been done in the past. Rather, the Smart City Initiative is a collaborative effort to build on foundations that are already in place and to keep pace with rapid advances in technology.
A "smarter" Long Beach uses technology and data to manage change and expand capacities to better the daily lives of Long Beach residents, enhance city operations and make the best possible use of resources across all City Departments.
+Learn more about our pilot programs to advance smart city technology projects
+Read our 2023 Annual Report!
The Technology and Innovation Department in partnership with the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies created a research report, to develop a deeper understanding of the aerospace and technology workforce environment in Long Beach.
The City recognized the opportunity for a responsible approach to using Generative AI by balancing the benefits and mitigating risks like AI bias, privacy, and cybersecurity. Our Guidance aims to address, promote, and enhance the safe and responsible use of Generative AI in Long Beach.
Ahead of the Cities Today Institute City Leadership Forum in Long Beach next week, Sarah Wray talks to Lea Eriksen, the city’s technology lead. One of the guiding principles of Long Beach’s Smart City Initiative is to earn public trust in how data and technology are used.
Join Us on a Data Walk
In an ongoing effort to enhance data privacy, digital rights and transparency, we are hosting a series of mobile community workshops for residents to learn about the technologies the City deploys and how it uses the data it collects.
+Sign up by Feb, 22!
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