Street Smarts: How Sensors Help Virginia Beach Monitor Its Environment

Virginia Beach’s 2016 U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge application envisioned the city in 2045 would be viewed as a well-planned community where “neighborhoods and residents will be interconnected” — hopefully “the most livable coastal community in the world.”

Although the southeastern Virginia city is still more than 20 years away from reaching that target date, the city appears to be on its way to making that vision a reality, with recent smart tech implementations offering timely flooding risk information, increased internet access and other quality-of-life benefits.

Through a data-sharing partnership announced in 2019, for instance, Virginia Beach provides transportation mobile app Waze with planned construction and road closure data to share with its users, along with parking information from Wi-Fi-enabled sensors situated in and above spaces in the city.