Buffalo mayor Bryon Brown said: “We must focus on efficiency, data and analytics, digital connectivity and building an intelligent smart city.”
The Brown administration is seeking companies which can design and maintain hardware and software for a smart city build-out.
The city is to partner with SAS Institute to develop an advanced software suite that will analyse data gathered by the city and determine trends and other predictive information that can aid city operations and policies.
Additionally, the administration will work with the University at Buffalo and all the institutions on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to develop a smart corridor along middle Main Street.
Brown also announced the Civic Innovation Challenge - Powered by AT&T which invites tech firms to compete for a $10,000 prize by creating a software solution that addresses a challenge within the city.