American multinational technology company which focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It has been referred to as "one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world", and the world's most valuable brand. It is one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Alphabet (Google), Apple, Meta (Facebook), and Microsoft.
|City Insight Platform- Communities in Context|
|Using data from the city, state and federal level Vizalytics will create a City Insight Platform.
This will provide users with a real-time view of what is happening in a neighborhood, and can be refined by choosing which lens to view- from socio-economic indices, business climate, transportation, infrastructure, quality of life and more.
|Eastside Crescent Transportation Alliance|
|The Eastside Crescent Transportation Alliance provides a governance structure for a transportation management Alliance. The Alliance lines coordinates public funding for projects like I405, Sound Transit, curved space, and traffic light coordination. It would provide the employer connection to those efforts in the Bothell geographic area from its life sciences community to SeaTac airport.|
|I3 Consortium Action Cluster|
|The I3 project is creating a tool that will allow independent device owners to directly manage how the data streams from their IOT devices are delivered to applications. Opensource Project software includes support for privacy, trust, and incentive management.
Requirements and proof-of-concepts complete. Consortium management structure in process. Demonstration systems in process. R1.0 beta software in design.
|My Digital Data Locker Baltimore|
|For those staying in a shelter or shuttling between other people’s homes, keeping track of these vital documents can be near impossible. They also can be lost, destroyed or stolen.
Recognizing that this was blocking some people from securing stable housing, the city of Baltimore this year launched an innovative program — My Digital Data Locker — to help people store and keep track of key documents.
|OpenGrid is an interactive, map-based platform for exploring open data sets in an easy-to-use, map-based interface. OpenGrid enables municipalities to offer residents, businesses, and communities a better way to interact with public data. Users can perform advanced queries to filter data as well as search within custom boundaries or based on the user's location.|
|Urban Mobility Transit Portal for 511 org|
|The goal was to build a new 511.org site to meet the growing demands of urban mobility commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area. 511.org should be the ultimate destination for commuters to plan their route to have the easiest time getting to their destination. 511.org should also incorporate all of the available data across transit agencies and systems into this single destination.|
|Using Real-Time Traffic Data to Improve Civic Transportation Services|
|This project will expand Chapel Hill’s Data program to incorporate Waze real-time traffic data.
Chapel Hill already uses the OpenDataSoft platform to share public data across the town government and with citizens. This project will allow to the town to quickly and seamlessly collect, harmonize and analyze real-time traffic data through the Waze Connected Citizens Program. The Waze Connected Citizen is a free data exchange program. The OpenDataSoft platform enables the two-way free data exchange between Waze and Chapel Hill and provides tools to analyze the data and compare it with other transportation data already offered by the town.
|Video Analytics for Orlando Public Safety|
|The project will create connected, city-wide mobile resources and systems to help improve the responses to a variety of challenges within the City of Orlando. Orlando is central city of 275,000 people, in an urban area of 2.4 million citizens, but with 68+ million visitors per year and the largest rental car market in the world. Thus, Orlando has some unique challenges with public safety and traffic. This project will meet the needs of several city departments and external agencies by ensuring cross-cutting and robust situational awareness for a variety of scenarios. It will allow for optimized deployments and expedited responses from police, fire fighters, emergency medical services, public works staff, transportation staff, special event managers, and external agencies which are obligated to provide mutual aid.|
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon from his garage in Bellevue, Washington, on July 5, 1994. Initially an online marketplace for books, it has expanded into a multitude of product categories: a strategy that has earned it the moniker The Everything Store. It has multiple subsidiaries including Amazon Web Services (cloud computing), Zoox (autonomous vehicles), Kuiper Systems (satellite Internet), Amazon Lab126 (computer hardware R&D). Its other subsidiaries include Ring, Twitch, IMDb, and Whole Foods Market. Its acquisition of Whole Foods in August 2017 for US$13.4 billion substantially increased its footprint as a physical retailer.
Amazon has earned a reputation as a disruptor of well-established industries through technological innovation and mass scale. As of 2021, it is the world's largest Internet company, online marketplace, AI assistant provider, cloud computing platform, and live-streaming service as measured by revenue and market share. In 2021, it surpassed Walmart as the world's largest retailer outside of China, driven in large part by its paid subscription plan, Amazon Prime, which has over 200 million subscribers worldwide. It is the second-largest private employer in the United States.
Amazon also distributes a variety of downloadable and streaming content through its Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music, Twitch, and Audible units. It publishes books through its publishing arm, Amazon Publishing, film and television content through Amazon Studios, and is currently acquiring film and television studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It also produces consumer electronics—most notably, Kindle e-readers, Echo devices, Fire tablets, and Fire TV.
Amazon has been criticized for practices including technological surveillance overreach, a hyper-competitive and demanding work culture, tax avoidance, and anti-competitive behavior.