Buffalo, WNY taking baby steps into the ‘smart city’ movement

Buffalo is still far from becoming the “smart city” Mayor Byron Brown promised in a February address. But both the city and the wider Western New York region are taking baby steps into the smart-city movement.

Tonawanda recently installed new traffic cameras that can monitor congestion and coordinate signals. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus is pitching a long-awaited Main Street “smart corridor.” And in February, the city of Buffalo is expected to make a series of announcements on upcoming technological and infrastructure investments.

It’s all part of a long-term push to harness connected sensors, cameras and other tools to optimize public services. And this year, said Jamie Hamann-Burney, the director of planning at the Medical Campus, advocates are hoping to “really see some stuff start to happen.”