SmartOakland Recognized by U.S. Dept. Commerce National Institute of Standards & Technology for Smart City Public Data & IoT Utility

We're honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Global City Teams Challenge as an official Action Cluster endorsed for the work we're doing to provide a Public Data & IoT Utility to the people of Oakland, CA with the mission of creating an extensible framework to be used in all cities.

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We will also be presenting at the NIST Tech Jam in Portland, OR on June 20, 2018.

Here's a description of our initiative and there will be more coming...

Action Cluster: Constituent-led, Public Data & IoT Utility for Urban Health, Housing, and Environmental Hazard ManagementYear: 2018Municipal Governments Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CAMembers: Alameda County Healthy Homes Lead Poisoning Prevention Program; Rebuilding Together Oakland East Bay; SmartOakland; Vision Architecture, Inc.; Metropolitan Intelligence; Revalue.io; West Oakland Environmental Indicators ProjectTeam Lead: Stephanie Hayden, Co-founder & Executive Director, SmartOaklandDomain: Education Description • Build upon a Smart City blueprint, playbook, and coalition of Oakland communities to convene, share, and learn what’s possible with data, IoT, and Smart Cities then use that knowledge to co-create projects and programs germane to each constituency, micro-community, and individual sets of needs • Leverage the coalitions to hunt and gather data for addition to a shared Public Data & IoT Utility to be operated and run as a shared data service for micro-communities to build political will, businesses to grow, and collective voice to be used to address micro- or meta-level risks and opportunities • Leverage people, processes, and technology to collectively address issues of unsafe Bay Area Housing Environments to co-create inclusive solutions and investment opportunities to resolve the housing crisis and improve health region-wide • Focus on short and long-term positive outcomes associated with sustainable Smart City solutions, and maintain a cadence of speed and success delivering projects to address current issues for constituents, businesses, and government agencies generated by past programs, policies, and investments like failing infrastructure, legacy lead poisoning, and institutionalized racism Our main initiatives in 2018 will include using the Public Data & IoT Utility to address one of the worst health issues affecting young children in Oakland, and throughout the country, tied to unsafe housing conditions and failing infrastructure - Lead Poisoning. Using Lead Poisoning as our use case we are engaging multiple contributing agencies, many Oakland communities, private-, public-, and Non-Profit sector organizations and funding streams to improve the quality of life for young Oaklanders and their families by reducing the number of children under six who may become lead poisoned this year if no changes are made from the way things work today. Standards: We will create a public playbook and blueprint with live data dashboards to help cities facing issues of lead poisoning. It will include recommendations about how they can organize themselves as individuals, groups, and coalitions to start and maintain traction and progress toward lead abatement and ending lead poisoning in their cities and towns. It will be a living resource updated by Oakland stakeholders as they discover new, better, and/or alternative ways to deal with various aspects and challenges. This resource will remain available online and public data dashboards will be updated real-time as each new User chooses to share their data with the public. Standards described in the City of Oakland’s data collection and surveillance programs will also be included for reference about the types of information the city collects about constituents and how community members can get involved with setting direction and policy in the areas of cybersecurity and personal privacy. Replicability: The playbook is based on Oakland, CA, and we estimate high re-use of many elements being co-developed today. Every city will be different so we want to provide many building blocks for cities to join the agenda of safe and healthy housing with fewer hurdles to overcome. In the case of Oakland, a group called the Neighborhood Community Policing Councils (since renamed to “Community Councils” or “NCPC”s) have direct access to Oakland Police, Oakland City Council Members, and elected officials to ensure the needs of their communities are heard and answered. This network of 56 NCPCs has recommended using their membership to organize pilots and train all the other NCPCs to roll out testing in as many neighborhoods as possible, at the same time. These 56 Beats map to the 146 micro-communities. Most cities have community models in place which will serve the program well. We will also connect with regional EPA Certified Lead Inspectors and certified Repair, Replace & Paint Lead Abatement Contractors called, “RRPs,” to ensure only trained professionals are doing the critical work of lead abatement on housing units. Scalability: We are building an application, courtesy of Metropolitan Intelligence, to inform and guide the public through a process used in lead abatement circles called, “Find It. Fund It. Fix It.” This mantra is easy to remember but extremely difficult, complex, and time consuming to traverse as an individual, or family, today. Our GTLO application helps Users assess their own risk, gather data, and make informed decisions about how to abate lead from people, homes, and the environment. Descriptions about how this process and the data flows are included in following pages. Sustainability: We are building into existing, formalized, community networks who have existing agenda to look out for each other to improve the quality of life where they live. We are expecting to see excitement grow for data discovery contributed by constituents, investors, and property owners who realize the positive impact of co-creating the first United States “lead-safe communities”. The agenda to create lead-safe, sustainable, energy-efficient housing districts will drive workforce development programs, new businesses, new real estate investment opportunities and increase property values. Cybersecurity and Privacy: The plan is to run predictive data analytics to identify high probability of lead poisoned housing, as a starting point, then reach out to those occupants to explain data privacy, security, and the power of owning your health, housing, and environmental data. We will use data to begin the conversations and note we are reaching out to them because we’re relatively certain they are currently at risk for becoming lead poisoned in their pre1978 housing. We ask them to use our GTLO app to learn more about the health of their families and potential lead hazards in their homes and explain the options around sharing this data with various groups. All efforts will be made to engage community members, provide translation services, and ensure they are clear about the importance of their data, the security around it, and the value it creates for them. Once they understand the implications associated with providing access to important data with others they can use the app to start assessing their situation and make informed decisions about Cybersecurity. These diagrams represent the types of groups Users may want to share data with and the conversations we’ll be having regarding Cybersecurity and data privacy.