The City of Albany has been named a winner in the 2019 IDC Smart Cities North America Awards (SCNNA) in the “Smart Water” category for the Beaver Creek CSO Abatement and Flood Mitigation Program. CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) collaborated with the City of Albany Department of Water and Water Supply to design a solution to address flooding and sewer overflows during rain events in the City. The SCNAA recognizes municipalities across the country for executing Smart City projects to reach sustainability goals, create new economic opportunities, and meet the growing needs of their communities.
The Beaver Creek project implemented a smart infrastructure network that uses a continuous monitoring and adaptive control (CMAC) platform to proactively predict and manage wet weather flows. As the City of Albany continues to expand its smart infrastructure network, future CSO abatement/flood mitigation projects can serve to further expand the program.
According to IDC, there was a very strong response to the 2019 awards program with more than 65 submissions. Finalists were scored by a panel of IDC government and smart cities analysts, a global panel of outside judges from academia and international non-profits, as well as more than 4,100 public votes. Winners illustrate best practice examples of urban innovation with a particular focus on the use of technology (cloud, platforms, analytics, IoT, mobile solutions) and data, unique partnerships, funding models and/or community involvement.
The Smart Water award was presented at the Smart Cities New York conference in New York City. Visit www.idc.com to read more about the Smart City awards and 2019 winners.