New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Smart City Plan to Facilitate and Improve Quality of Life for All New York City Residents

The proposal will also help New York City be more more efficient and reduce its carbon footprint 

Manhattan, NY - As part of his campaign platform to become the next Manhattan Borough President, today Council Member Ben Kallos put forth a plan to push New York City fully into the 21st century by modernizing urban infrastructure using Smart City technology. The plan calls for communications technology, such as sensors, meters, air quality detectors, and replacement indicators among others to be installed throughout the City to facilitate daily life and save the city billions of dollars over time through increased efficiency. 

Once the proposal is implemented it would put New York City on par with places like Singapore, London, Dubai, and Barcelona, which have installed internet connected sensors to improve and automate daily life since the beginning of the last decade.

“New York City, especially its crown jewel Manhattan, needs to start thinking bigger and with an eye on the future if we are going to recover to be better than we were prior to the pandemic, '' said Candidate for Manhattan Borough President, Council Member Ben Kallos. “It is time we catch up to the rest of the world and organize our efforts to really modernize and improve our urban infrastructure using smart technology. This proposal would pay for itself in the savings it would bring us all while making New York City more efficient and easier to live and work in.”

The proposal calls for the City to implement:

Traffic Data Integration - By installing smart sensors on New York City Streets traffic congestion would be diminished significantly and drivers would be alerted when designated street parking becomes available. This would cut back on cars idling and curling stress looking potential parking. It would also help decrease use of fossil fuels consumption and make city streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.    

Smart Water Meters - Would be used to track water usage and quality in real time. It would save the City water by alerting City officials of potential leaks and when water is contaminated by lead or any other pollutant.

Waste Water Sensors - Would be used to test water samples in dwellings and Commercial buildings for Covid-19 spikes.

Smart Gas Meters - Would be used to regulate and track gas usage to prevent dangerous leaks and potential deadly explosions in commercial districts as well as residential neighborhoods.

Smart Power Meters - Would be connected to the City’s electrical grid and would allow for solar power being harnessed through panels to be monitored and throttled to keep up with the municipal needs on days of heavy consumption.

Smart Trash and Recycling Sensors - Would help prevent overflowing trash cans and would transmit alerts to the Sanitation Department when recycling receptacles are full and need to be collected.

This proposal by Manhattan Borough President Candidate Ben Kallos would also put into place a Smart City technology working group with the dual mission of keeping New York City up to date with the latest Smart City technology while prioritizing account data privacy tools, privacy standards and practices, notices of consent, working with software vendors, and de-identifications of personally identifiable information. The working group shall consist of appointment from:

  • Head of City agency implementing Smart City Technology,
  • The Comptroller’s Office,
  • The Commissioner of Information and Technology and Telecommunications,
  • Transportation Commissioner,
  • Environmental Protections Administration Commissioner,
  • The New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner,
  • Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner
  • The City’s Chief Privacy Officer,
  • The heads of any other City Agency designated by the Mayor,
  • Two City Council Members chosen by the Speaker,
  • The Speaker of the City Council.


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