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Team Members City of Portland OR
City of Columbus OH
Technology Association of Oregon
Urban.Systems Inc.
Baltimore Electric Vehicle Initiative
IsoftStone North America
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Portland State University
Ohio State University
Blueprint Transportation

This set of 54 projects is managed by forward looking municipalities interested in preparing their infrastructure for new technologies that look set to provide better, more equitable services at lower cost. It explores the opportunities provided by first and last mile vehicles including shared, low speed and autonomous. It explores the opportunities for building vibrant communities around transfer points and mobility hubs and it addresses how these vehicles and hubs can play a role in the last mile delivery of packages and other freight.

To support these opportunities the opencommons works with teams developing new and advanced transportation models and environmental sensors that allow both the prediction of probable outcomes and the measurement of actual outcomes of introducing these technologies. Finally, we work with teams implementing a smart citySDK to ensure the portability and interchangeability of solutions and propose regulatory and policy changes that support the safe deployment of these technologies.


  • Wilfred Pinfold
    Founder and CEO at Urban.Systems
    Portland OR United States
  • Skip Newberry
    President at Technology Association of Oregon
    Portland OR United States


AbujaCitySmartTransport.jpg Abuja City Integrated Transportation System
Sustainable Mass Abuja Rapid Transit (SMART) is an easier, efficient and seamless means of utilizing the city’s public mass transit bus service.

Abuja Urban Mass Transit has over 500 buses conveying an estimated 1000 passengers daily. The proposed project will equip 100 buses with devices to generate and transmit real time data and information between drivers, commuters, city transport officials and the general public. The project targets increased ridership and revenue generation from the combination of multiple methods of electronic payments, bus routing, location tracking as well as online bus schedule service.

AirPolutionLondon.jpg Air Quality Monitoring in London
Key Deliverables
  • IoT platform that measures air pollutants and greenhouse gases in London, in real-time, by combining ground sensors and satellites’ data
  • Real-Time monitoring and mapping of air pollution in London
  • Monetizing reductions of Carbon Emissions to generate revenues and/or debt financing for the London Greenwich’s Borough
Taipei Air Quality Sensing.jpg Air Quality Sensing Wherever You Go in Taipei
The proposed project will develop portable AirBox devices to facilitate mobile air quality monitoring, with a focus on PM2.5 sensing, in Taipei city. The device is small-sized and light-weight, and it uses the LoRa technology for low-power and long-range data communication. The expected results of this project are:
  1. it promotes citizen engagement of wearable environmental monitoring ranging from walking, jogging to cycling;
  2. it provides a finer spatio-temporal granularity of air quality monitoring results for further data analysis and environment awareness; and
  3. it interconnects government, academia, industry, and maker community for social good and real-world impacts.
Trimet electric bus sunset tc feature.jpg Beaverton Electric Bus Pilot
TriMet purchased five electric buses thanks to a federal grant and support from Portland General Electric. These buses will operate on 62-Murray Blvd in Beaverton.
CW NA 081920.jpg Big Data and Artificial Intelligence for Road Infrastructure Sustainability
Provide an efficient and effective solution using artificial intelligence and smartphones to monitor and maintain roadway infrastructure with a data-driven approach. Projects at RoadBotics aim to provide better data and identify which roads are failing and which roads need early intervention in order to avoid total reconstruction.
LasVegasConventionCenterLoop.jpeg Boring Company Las Vegas Convention Center Loop
The LVCC Loop system — a three-station transportation system consisting of 1.7 miles of tunnel — was built in approximately one year (using the now-legacy Godot Tunnel Boring Machine). LVCC Loop's cost was approximately $47M (firm fixed pricing) for the two tunnels and three stations (two surface and one subsurface). Tunneling occurred during large conventions (>100,000 attendees pre-COVID) with zero road closures and zero attendee disturbances.
OneM2M.jpg Busan Smart City
Key Deliverables
  • To scan vehicles and pedestrians using video cameras which are embedded in street lights and vehicle detecting sensors
  • To prevent car accident in school zone by giving alarm sign to cars and pedestrians using digital signage and ground LED light devices
  • In case of violating stop line, Reporting services to a related government agencies
  • To transform street lights into service node by replacing them with LEDs that have control node with various sensors, CCTV and communication modules
Trimet.png CIVIC Data Platform
CIVIC is an open data platform to democratize

public information and drive meaningful engagement through neutral, nonpartisan analytics. It's built entirely by multidisciplinary teams of volunteer coders, designers and domain experts using open source technology.

Electric Bus Cajon Valley Union School District.jpg Cajon Valley Union School District Electric Bus System
San Diego Gas & Electric Cajon Valley Union School District Electric Bus System tests the technology that enables eight electric school buses to put electricity back on the grid when needed such as on hot summer days. A collaborative effort between SDG&E, the Cajon Valley Union School District and locally based technology company Nuvve, this is the first vehicle-to-grid (V2G) project to become operational in Southern California, helping to advance clean air and climate goals while also bolstering grid reliability.
Ca4-innovation.png Carolinas Alliance 4 Innovation
The Greenville vision is a multimodal and multi-jurisdictional transportation plan across GPATS from Greenville Spartanburg (GSP) airport through Greenville’s urban areas to Clemson University. The modes include elevated, driverless car transit network system (ATN) aka personal rapid transit (PRT); smarter bus transit (including bus and traffic light sensors and electric buses); connected, assisted, or automated LSEV shuttle services; and more bike and pedestrian-friendly pathways. GreenVillages development will occur around mobility hubs. People live in GreenVillages development and connect at transportation nodes to work, shop, learn, heal and play. Better connectivity for people living along urban corridors helps deal with the issues of first/last mile transport so they would not need to own a car, and reduces traffic congestion, air pollution, transportation costs and traffic accidents.
Gohubs Image.jpg City of Boston GoHubs
A majority of our residents rely upon public transit, biking, walking, and driving to get around our city. But, shared mobility and technology advances are altering travel.
New ways of transportation are introduced each day. The future of transportation may very well be shared, electric, and highly mobile.
GoHubs! are intended to help us organize these modes. We provide information on how to access them and navigate the technology, and ultimately make it easier to get around Boston
Taichung-city.jpg Community Traffic Guidance and Control System for Natural Disaster Emergency Response
Integrate city-wide traffic monitoring systems, identify disaster area and automate the traffic control over the zone. Research and develop alternative routes for emergency responders, public safety officials and citizens. Provide real time information on traffic to citizens and city decision makers.
Eastside Crescent Transportation Alliance.jpg 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.
SantiagoEBus600.jpg Electric Bus Deployments in Santiago de Chile
An electric bus implementation program in Santiago, Chile, inspired by the buses in Bogotá, Colombia, began in 2014 through a partnership between the Chilean Ministry of Transport and two privately held companies, Enel X and BYD, an Italian electric company and a Chinese bus making manufacturer, respectively.
Daimler-Electric Island.jpg Electric Island
Electric Island is located across the street from DTNA headquarters, less than one mile from I-5, and represents the first location specifically designed for medium- and heavy-duty trucks aligned to the blueprint of the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor Initiative (WCCTCI). WCCTCI’s collaboration between nine electric utilities and two government agencies yielded a strategic plan in 2020 to electrify 1,300 miles of I-5 across the three West Coast states to provide publicly available charging for freight and delivery trucks.
Mobility Hub PGE.jpg Electric Mobility Hub Demonstration
An inviting & equitable community space that showcases electric mobility, integrates the street to the neighborhood, and serves as a model for future hubs.
Miramar600 EMS.png Electric Mobility Lab
The EMS the Phase 0 Launch for the electric mobility initiative at Marine Corp Air Station Miramar. It included dynamic presentations from key government leaders on changing policies and plans, interactive panels with electric mobility thought leaders, as well as immersive demonstrations and discussions of technologies with industry-leading organizations.
Downtown Ruston, LA.JPG Empowering Ruston City Services Using Wireless Sensor Networks
The City of Ruston, Louisiana has a number of ongoing projects to improve the quality of life for its residents, including a Smart Grid system and a downtown fiber optic network. Louisiana Tech University plans to develop low-cost improvements to city services using the fiber-topic and small cell installations to enable smart transportation, smart weather, and smart flood risk monitoring and notification capabilities that can be viewed via a Smartphone App. We also plan to study the use of smart re-closers, wireless connectivity, and solar power potential.
SeatPleasantBike.png Empowering walkable and bikeable communities using smart Decision Support System integrated with Vehicle-to-Everything communication
WIOMAX has developed a smart Decision Support System (DSS) integrated with Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) for better road safety and increased urban mobility. The main purpose of this project is to apply the smart transportation solution and incorporate pedestrians and cyclists as beneficiaries of the innovative technology, for empowering walkable and bikeable communities through enhancing road safety, sustainability and smartness of cities.
Sensors-DC600.png Environmental Sensing Across the Metro DC Region
Create a network of environmental sensors placed on campuses throughout Washington DC that are participating in the DC MetroLab partnership. This effort will enable public access to environmental data like temperature, wind, gas and particulate concentration, and even traffic flows, simultaneously from all over the city. Involves city technology, planning, and networking agencies and MetroLab partners; George Washington, Georgetown, American, Howard and The District of Columbia Universities.
PortoPortugal.jpg EnvyPorto
Through small and low cost sensing stations that can be installed in the urban infrastructure, it is possible to create a dynamic high level map of indicators on air quality, noise pollution levels, temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity and luminosity. Using this high level map in articulation with the data collected using a small number of certified sensing stations (usually high-cost stations), cities will be able to define dynamic urban policies, namely on mobility and energy.
Seoul South Korea.jpg Estimation of De Facto Population
Key Deliverables
  • The starting point for us was this simple question; “Why does the public service demand keep growing as the resident population in Seoul is in decline? With pricier real estate, more citizens live outside Seoul, but commute to work and shop. How can we estimate the amount of citizens using public services in Seoul? It is the residents of the city plus those who work there during specific hours, but this is difficult to measure.
  • A term from OECD, “de facto population,” is a concept under which individuals (or vital events) are recorded (or are attributed) to the geographical area where they were present (or occurred) at a specified time.
Farmtofork.jpg Farm to Fork Crop Tracking
Tracking a berry crop at the box, bin, or tote level from harvest in the field to end user. Monitor in near real time temperature, humidity, shock and other environmental conditions to ensure product quality after harvest, throughout transit and during storage.

Potential to use blockchain to ensure authenticity of food safety certification which can travel with each sensor.

Parking.jpg Final 50 Feet: Urban Goods Delivery System
The Final 50 Feet program looks at methods to improve delivery at the end of the supply chain, such as loading areas, traffic control and street design. We will pilot low-cost and high-value actions to optimize operations of goods. This will help us understand, maintain and enhance safer and efficient deliveries throughout a city and region.
Taiwan-autonomous-vehicle.jpg Full functioned Autonomous driving development park in Taiwan
Key Deliverables
  • Provide a completed and closed testing Area for Autonomous Car including traffic sign and speed.
  • Provide NVidia Autonomous driving solution and also DGX Server for AI system training
  • Provide UC-Win/Road and CarSim real-time simulator for driving behavior
  • Provide HD Map for autonomous Car
NavyaLV.jpg GENIVI Las Vegas Connected Vehicle Pilot Project
The GENIVI Alliance, the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (Nevada CAM), the City of Las Vegas (CLV), the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) have partnered on a Connected Vehicle Pilot with a focus on pedestrian safety and traffic flow. CLV and RTC fleet vehicles are being outfitted with new technology utilizing GENIVI Alliance Remote Vehicle Interaction software that will allow the driver to receive information regarding road conditions, including crosswalk and bus stop locations, from city data on an infotainment platform. In essence, the vehicle will be sent messages based on its location in relation to city data to alert the driver that they may be approaching a location with the potential for high-pedestrian activity or that adverse traffic conditions are ahead on their route, creating a safer and more connected transportation network.
Ulaanbaatar.jpg Integrated Vehicle Service System
The main purpose of the project is to expand the Smart Car project to next step - Smart Car system II that will enable citizens all kind of vehicle services, integrated into one system. The main target of this project is to guarantee advanced technologies and increase the type, accessibility and quality of the vehicle related public and private sector services from one point, online.
Kaohsiung MRT Red Line Train.jpg Intelligent Transportation System applications in Kaohsiung City
Create an intelligent traffic monitoring system connected to real-time Traffic Information System to reduce traffic congestion and raise the road safety in the city. Including telecom big data analysis for plan of traffic improvement strategy, congestion prediction and alert, intelligent parking guidance and Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure System for intersection safety.
KashiwanohaUrbanDesign.jpg Kashiwanoha Smart City Project
The Kashiwanoha smart city project (first described as Kashiwanoha International Campus Town Initiative) is a planned from scratch city project, involving a greenfield smart city vision, situated around Kashiwanoha Campus Station. Kashiwonoha smart city project is a privately-led project, with Mitsui Fudosan as the main developer. It was also the owner the previous owner of the golf course on which construction work of the project were first based. However, Kashiwa city was designated as one of the "FutureCities" by the national government in 2011, making Kashiwanoha new town project eligible for government subsidies.
Portland Infrastructure.png Metro Portland Infrastructure Funding
In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will invest more than $5 billion into Oregon’s infrastructure through more than 100 programs across many state agencies, local governments, and tribes.
MN-Mobility-Hub.png Minneapolis Mobility Hubs
In 2019, the City of Minneapolis launched a mobility hub pilot program to increase access to convenient, low or no carbon transportation options, including transit, shared scooters and Nice Ride bicycles.
Transparent+Move+PGH+Logo.png Move PGH
Move PGH unites diverse mobility services and created to provide Pittsburghers with more choices to get everywhere you need and want to go. Think of it as your one-stop-shop for all your transportation needs in the City of Pittsburgh. In coordination with the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) and powered by a group of the city's premiere mobility operators dubbed the Pittsburgh Mobility Collective, Move PGH will create a streamlined and accessible experience for car-free urban mobility.
Notraffic scenario.png NoTraffic Pilot in Redlands CA
Key Deliverables
  • NoTraffic is developing a solution that enables cities to manage and control traffic based on a network of smart sensors, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication & real-time optimization of signalized intersections.
  • NoTraffic will install the system (4 sensor units and a control unit) at phase one at 1-2 intersections in the city of Redlands CA. Phase one includes collecting data for 2-3 months. Phase 2 will include connecting to the traffic light system and a cloud control panel at the municipality to manage and control the traffic.
  • As this pilot program will commerce successfully, the intention is to install the system throughout the whole system.
OpenTaxiSoftware.jpg Open Data API Platform and Analysis of Taxi Dispatch
Establish an Open data / API platform and integrate municipal and business data to be the foundation of the intelligent city for value-added applications. According to visually data display assist government to make decision effectively and let the citizen know the city governance.
PortlandSmartTransport.png Portland Connected Intelligent Transportation
This project focuses on developing a sensor-connected “smart” corridor in Portland where transit data, traffic signalization, and air quality sensing are made available in a data portal with data visualization and analytics to improve transportation options, public health, economic development and civic engagement.
ElectricAvenue.jpg Portland Electric Avenue
Electric Avenue officially opened at the World Trade Center Portland in 2016 and is located on the Northside of Southwest Salmon Street in downtown Portland. It offers street access charging stations to allow visitors to charge their personal electric vehicles while visiting the World Trade Center and neighboring offices.
Singapore.jpg Reduced customs clearance time with virtual extension of sea ports
Develop and deploy electronic cargo tracking solutions in different settings (sea port, dry port and manufacturing FTZ) and across geographies (traversing from landlocked locations to ports, in East Africa and in Asia), for expedited customs clearance and enhanced trade facilitations. The solution is integrated across technology stacks, including end-devices, platforms and analytics, by ecosystem of accredited vendors. Involves security/field enforcement officials, customs officials, application developers, telco service providers, shippers and consignees.
Katech-600.png Smart Car Talk
Key Deliverables
  • Implementation of verification environment for Vehicle-ICT infrastructure connected services, "Smart Car Talk”
  • Create new Business models and services
Rendering West-Baltimore.jpg Smart Transit Hubs - B Smart
Pilot a smart street light corridor within a system of transit “super-nodes” developed by transforming current major transit stations into transit hubs (Hubs) defined by:
  1. connected, city-wide mobile resources; public wifi
  2. last mile, multi-modal transport between and to/from Hubs (car share, bike share, ride share, preferably electric vehicles with EV-charging at Hub)
  3. GPS / GIS / location services
  4. Bus rapid transit, preferably electric, running non-stop Hub to Hub
Passaic County.jpg Smart and Accessible Transportation Hub
This GCTC Team aims to systematically investigate a novel cyber-physical infrastructure framework that can effectively and efficiently transform existing transportation hubs into smart facilities. The Smart Hub is capable of providing better location-awareness services (e.g. finding terminals, improving travel experience, obtaining security alters) to the traveling public, especially for the underserved populations including those with visual impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), or simply navigation challenges.
SmartParkingTainan.jpg Smart parking meter and road side parking management
Road side parking management is a labor intensive work with lots of human errors. Meters were outdated and seldom used in road side parking management. A new device of iot tested and applied in Tainan is now proved to be a successful solution for efficient road side parking management. .
SmartShuttle.jpg SmartShuttle
Our second autonomous vehicle pilot will build upon the “lessons learned” from our GCTC 2015 “First Mile/Last Mile” study (GCTC Action Cluster SMOOTH). The City of Columbus was recently named one of the seven finalists in the US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge. Our GCTC 2016 project will, therefore, concentrate on a scalable and replicable low speed automated shuttle solution for use in the Smart City of Columbus. This automated shuttle solution will use a small (two-seater) electric driverless vehicle with a scalable and replicable software, hardware control and decision making architecture. The eventual aim of the project is pilot deployment in an urban driving environment with low speed vehicles and intersections at/near the outdoor shopping area of Easton Town Center in Columbus. The scalable and replicable approach will enable the easy adaptation of the same system to other parts of the City of Columbus and to other similar pilot deployment sites in other cities in the US.
Southport600.jpg Southport development
Southport is the only full-building solution available in the Greater Puget Sound area. As you enter Southport on Lake Washington you will quickly realize you are in a unique place. The entire campus has been designed with a focus on a lifestyle environment that supports the development of great teams.
Thea map.png Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Security Management Operating Concept (SMOC)
Development of a Security Management Operating Concept (SMOC) for phase I of the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program. This focuses on how the THEA team developed an approach to the SMOC (i.e., Prepare); categorized information flows and systems (i.e., Categorize); and selected security controls to establish draft, minimum security control baselines (i.e., Select). The resulting SMOC is largely based on the NIST RMF and provides guidance for ensuring “the privacy of pilot participants and the overall security of the Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) system for the THEA CV Pilot.”
Intelligent transportation 600.jpg The Integrated Information Platform for Smart Transportation of Tainan City
After merging Tainan City with Tainan County to be Greater Tainan, the changes in environmental factors such as transportation infrastructure and population increase have made the traffic management work more diverse and arduous. Based on the challenges, a smart system is necessary to enable more accurate and effective decision-making and traffic management. A cross-organized, integrated and IOT value-added systems including intelligent traffic control, smart public transportation, smart parking management, smart vehicle sharing, and smart cloud platform is proposed and developed.
Suwon City.JPG The mobile Edge Smart City Platform
Key Deliverables
  • New environmentally conscious smart city “Mobile Edge cloud-based AI platform and services” plans by upgrading used smartphones and tablet PCs to IoT things that not use anymore and kept in drawer.
  • One old smart device is upgraded to IoT things and integrates with various smart services (e.g. smart transportation signals, floor type smart phone crosswalk signals, smartphone digital multi advertisement signage) communication and other edge services to Suwon city and Sejong city in Korea.
EcabNA.png Urban Circulators utilizing Low Speed Electric Vehicles
Urban Circulators utilizing LSEVs (Low Speed Electric Vehicles) as first/last mile solution in conjunction with public transportation, to serve transit deserts, food deserts and reach underutilized areas of medium to large cities. The scalability of the project would be able to translate to business complexes, universities and hospitals, to transport their customers and reduce traffic congestion. The environmental impact in using electric vehicles would reduce gas emissions.
Urban Mobility Transit Portal 511.jpeg Urban Mobility Transit Portal for 511 org
The goal was to build a new site to meet the growing demands of urban mobility commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area. should be the ultimate destination for commuters to plan their route to have the easiest time getting to their destination. should also incorporate all of the available data across transit agencies and systems into this single destination.
UrbanPlatform.jpg Urban Platform
An easy-to-use platform that allows you to manage your city, whether you are responsible for traffic and mobility, safety, infrastructure or high-level decision making.
UHDNetCity.jpg User-centered Heterogeneous Data Fusion for Multi-networked City Mobility UHDNetCity
Both sentient and sensual, the smart city is based on the identification of millions of occurrences around the mobility from evaluating residents consumption of water and energy, to recording traffic on road network, to communication network congestion on hot spots, to measure air quality, and tracking public opinions on social networks. This project aims to characterize urban mobility in smart cities, which are interconnected and interdependent sociotechnical systems. Our objectives are:
  • Create a data-fusion tool for integrating heterogeneous data from various urban infrastructure and social media.
  • Enhance citizen participation in urban mobility characterization using a smart phone app such as DigiTally in Tallahassee.
  • Define new indices to measure mobility as a multidimensional spatiotemporal entity in the city ecosystem.

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2018 ATTRI GCTC-300x225.jpg Accessible Transportation
Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) a division of the USDOT seeks to remove barriers to transportation by leveraging advanced technology to enable people to travel independently anytime of the day to any destination, regardless of their individual abilities .png Cargo Tracking
Secure and track your assets globally with Ascent Solutions™ and keep your business safe on the go. With this solution, you will gain visibility over your assets through live updates on its location and status. Further eliminate threats to cargo security and manage your assets better by receiving alerts in real time whenever the iSCOUT™ or the iSENSOR™ electronic seals securing your assets have been tampered.
Walking-biking.png Go-Green Webinar
GoGreen aims to help people understand the impact of small sustainable gestures on their communities through technology. It presents itself as a community rewards system where participating points providers can define actions that support their communities objectives and reward people for taking them. For the users they see a marketplace of options along with rewards based on secure blockchain based smart contracts for supportive behavior.
Ubiwhere.jpg Mobility Catalog
Urban Planning and Smart Sustainable Urban Mobility are very important in the holistic vision of regions and countries. Mobility plays a key role in the current society being as important as basic services.From this, we drew the vision of building a Catalogue that would help cities, regions and countries to have a single, integrated vision for Urban Mobility.
Notraffic.png NoTraffic
NoTraffic has developed the first AI-powered traffic signal platform that connects road users to the city grid, solving today’s traffic challenges while unlocking smart mobility benefits for the cities, and creating entire new way of life…
Verizon.jpeg Smart Communities Traffic
At Verizon, our goal is to help improve the quality of life for people living in cities around the world and increase the ways and efficiency in which cities operate. It’s not just about smart technology, connectivity or applications; it starts with a focus on the people and their basic wants and needs. We partner with each city to design infrastructure, systems and processes that elevate the way they provide services in new and cost-effective ways.
Bluecitytechnologie Webinar.jpg Traffic Management by Blue City
Blue City’s mission is to improve the transportation network efficiency, safety, and infrastructure planning with data from innovative real-time lidar data to provide accurate traffic data day or night, sun or snow.