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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!


Latest News

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The City of Long Beach recently launched a new data privacy and digital rights platform as part of its ongoing effort to enhance data privacy, digital rights and transparency. The enhanced digital rights platform, available at longbeach.gov/digitalrights, and accompanying educational signage available at locations throughout the city help further the City's efforts to educate its residents about their digital rights.

Technology and Innovation
Technology is changing how we navigate our everyday lives. Tools like Generative Artificial Intelligence or Generative AI are becoming more popular among various common job industries like entertainment, education, and even city government. Most people want to live in safe, dynamic, and enjoyable cities. The introduction of modern technology poses the question to government officials, “How do we implement the responsible and ethical use of technology in the city?” 
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In an ongoing effort to enhance data privacy, digital rights, and transparency, the City of  Long Beach Department of Technology and Innovation partnered with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), to launch the enhanced Digital Rights Platform. During a series of mobile community workshops (data walks), residents had the opportunity to test the platform's new features and learn about the technologies the City deploys and how it uses the data it collects.

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2023 Annual Report: Check It Out!

Wondering what our Smart City Initiative program is up to? Wait no further and read our Smart City 2023 Annual Report and our multi-lingual, accessible community briefs!

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