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September 21, 2016 Comments Off on San Antonio Sets Aside $8M for Smart Cities Initiatives Views: 401 Austin, San Antonio, Southwest, Texas News

San Antonio Sets Aside $8M for Smart Cities Initiatives

The San Antonio City Council recently approved a $2.5 billion budget, of which $7.9 million is being set aside for smart cities initiatives. Smart cities are those that rely on technology and data to improve the quality of life.  Some of the projects in the works include free wireless internet in parks, solar benches, community kiosks, and app developments.

In addition to making life easier for residents through enhanced transportation and better ways to interact with local government, smart cities allow San Antonio to pursue grants from national organizations dedicated to the concept.

For example, the city can match a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the San Antonio Traveler Real-time Information Portal (SATRIP). SATRIP would gather real-time traffic data to help commuters find better routes.

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