Smart City PDX, the smart city project for Portland, OR, is partnering with the community to make Portland a place where data and technology are used to improve people’s lives, particularly in underserved communities. The city of Portland started the Portland Urban Data Lake (PUDL) 1 pilot to address the need for a centralized system to manage, integrate, and analyze data generated by smart city technologies. Three of the smart city project pilots included managing eScooter data generated at high volumes, combining Waze crowdsourced data with existing transit data to improve the accuracy of TriMet’s “Transit Tracker” app, measuring how the technology behind PUDL could help the city migrate away from traditional, siloed, server-based data management, and determining the potential impact of this migration (e.g., cost savings).

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