Bringing drones into a smart city network

San Diego is in the midst of a tech convergence. It is working to build what it calls the nation’s largest smart city network, and it also was selected for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program.

The city plans to bring these two efforts together, coordinating unmanned aerial systems with the smart city infrastructure it is building.

The sensor network that can detect traffic trends detect gunshots, find open parking spaces, measure air quality and track traffic flow of both vehicles and pedestrians is being developed in partnership with GE’s Current, which is also deploying networks in Portland, Ore., and Atlanta.

As part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program, San Diego wants to bring information collected by drones into its smart city network.