(Denver, CO) – The Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) and EastBanc Technologies have been honored with a Smart Cities Connect Smart 50 Award for the Community Engagement category. The award recognizes the DFHV project Intelligent Transportation for Smart Cities. The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognizes global smart cities projects to honor the most innovative and influential work.
DFHV is distinguishing itself as the first agency of its kind to open its APIs to app developers; a move that has allowed them to offer faster, safer and more innovative taxicab, limo, and rideshare options for citizens and tourists in our nation’s capital. EastBanc Technologies collaborated to build the technology infrastructure that helped make DFHV’s vision a reality.
“DFHV was able to leverage an open API strategy, with the help of EastBanc Technologies, which facilitated the for-hire vehicles moving to the digital age,” explained DFHV Acting Director David Do. “Through our open API strategy, the agency is now able to track and analyze all for-hire vehicles on the road at any given time, utilize modern analytics tools to inform decision-making and ultimately improve service for our residents and visitors.”
“We were overwhelmed with strong submissions from over one dozen countries and covering solution areas from waste management to smart glass to safer streets,” said Smart Cities Connect managing editor Laura Benold. “We want to do something different with the Smart 50 Awards and to look at actual implementation as a key driving force behind recognition.”
DFHV representatives received the honor at the Smart 50 Awards Gala on April 1 during the Smart Cities Connect Conference in Denver, CO.