Carnegie Mellon University on Friday launched the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, a university-wide effort for research, development and deployment of solutions to improve the quality of life in communities.
The institute studies issues such as traffic congestion, pedestrian safety, road infrastructure, energy efficiency, law enforcement, health care, fire prevention, and air and water quality.
The university, in Pittsburgh, started the Smart Cities initiative in 2014, but said that with the creation of an institute the effort can bring in more money and do more.
“Metro21 and its partners have played a critical role in establishing Pittsburgh as a global model for innovative cities,” CMU Interim President Farnam Jahanian said in a statement. “Thanks to our strengths at the nexus of technology and humanity, CMU is generating real-world solutions to the evolving needs of our cities — including enhancing the delivery of city services, increasing the resiliency of urban infrastructure, and encouraging greater access and inclusion.”