New York Smart Cities Innovation Partnership: Technology Companies

Municipal Testbeds will be designated throughout New York State for testing and validating smart cities solutions developed by Technology Companies. Under this pilot, Technology Companies will be eligible to apply to implement their smart cities solutions for projects proposed by Municipal Testbeds.

We are accepting proposals from technology companies around the world who are interested in supporting one of our Municipal Testbed projects by piloting their solutions in New York State. To be eligible for funding, interested technology companies must have a presence in New York OR Israel. For companies who have a presence in Israel, you will be redirected at the end of the form to submit IIA’s application form as well. ESD, IIA, and Municipal Testbeds will jointly evaluate all applications to determine which companies will be chosen for each project. Deadline for submission is 9/1/2020 at 5 PM ET. APPLY HERE

Smart Cities Project List


Municipality Name

Grant Award



Capital District

Glens Falls


Vertical Urban Farming

Develop and refine a self-contained, easily-replicable, scalable, and transferable vertical farming system, designed to grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and plants at site-independent locations year-round. Produce will support local restaurants, food banks, and other institutions. Link to full project brief.

Western NY



Advanced Remote Water Meter Monitoring

Upgrade several thousand water meters with advanced water meter sensors to improve system reliability, share water information with residents, proactively identify water leaks, enable troubleshooting in real time with residents, and reduce travel/road time for customer field reps fixing water utility issues. The project is forecasted to substantially support low- and moderate-income residents. Link to full project brief.

New York

New York


Real-time Flood Monitoring

Develop an online data dashboard for residents and researchers to access collected flood data, increase understanding of flood events, protect local communities, and improve resiliency. Sensors will be affixed to street infrastructure, public or private, and the dashboard will be publicly accessible online. Link to full project brief.

New York

New York


Automated Mobility Counting

Pilot automated sensing hardware and computer vision algorithms to reduce time-intensive counts of people and vehicles in priority intersections. Automated data collection can be run through existing CCTV feeds or site-mounted sensors to collect continuous counts and other data in an accurate, flexible, and lower-cost method. The project will drive greater understanding of travel trends and improve safety. Link to full project brief.

Capital District

Saratoga Springs


Connected Wifi Street Lights

Convert city street lights into connected street lights to realize energy efficiency savings, deliver Wi-Fi for local public housing residents, and gather environmental data points on weather/air quality. Link to full project brief.

Capital District



Smart Remote Courts

Pilot a solution to streamline court schedules and leverage secure videoconferencing for more efficient court appearances. Link to full project brief.

Capital District



Emergency Medicine Triage

Pilot an emergency medicine triage system to appropriately diagnose and route cases onsite, before a resident makes it to the emergency Room. Deploy telehealth communications used by emergency medicine providers (e.g. emergency physicians or physician assistants), 911 dispatch, certified emergency medical technicians, and patients to triage a patient’s level of severity and appropriate next steps of care when an acute medical problem arises. Link to full project brief.

Central NY



Vacant Structure Monitoring and Inspection

Deploy smart building tech to monitor several thousand existing vacant structures. Goals include using sensors to monitor interiors (e.g., water damage, fire/heat, compromised doors/windows) and exteriors for code violations, making it easier and quicker for an inspector to identify safety issues at vacant buildings. The project will allow the city to proactively deploy inspectors to vacant buildings when remotely sensed. Link to full project brief.

Central NY



Algae Bloom Monitoring & Treatment

Deploy unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to monitor Skaneateles Lake for Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs). Goals include effectively and efficiently collecting and testing water samples, visually/automatically mapping HAB formation, identifying the environmental factors that increase algae bloom generation, and deploying automated mitigations/treatments to reduce presence of HABs. Link to full project brief.

Long Island

Village of Southampton


Environmental Monitoring of Nitrogen Pollution

Remediate groundwater contamination around Lake Agawam via sanitary system upgrades, a permeable reactive barrier, and real-time sensors. Goals including installing a permeable reactive barrier to remove nitrogen pollution from groundwater, replacing polluting septic systems with innovative/alternative systems that emit low nitrogen, deploying a decision-making tool to minimize ocean release of toxic blue-green algae, and reducing public threat posed by blue-green algae. Link to full project brief.


Budget & Project Workplan Template

To complete your application, you will need to upload the following budget and project workplan template for each project for which you will submit a proposal. Download the template here.

Israeli companies will also be prompted to submit a letter of intent for every project application. Please use the following template for your application. Download the template here.


Technology Companies are encouraged to attend the Smart Cities Innovation Partnership webinars.

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