The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has named the City of Wichita a 2019 Digital Cities Survey winner. The survey recognizes cities using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity and more. The survey honors cities in five population classifications: 500,000 or more, 250,000 to 499,999; 125,000 to 249,999; 75,000 to 124,999 and fewer than 75,000. Wichita was recognized in the 250,000 to 499,999 category.
"The top Digital Cities this year are taking the IT department far beyond the role of service provider," said Phil Bertolini, co-director of CDG. "They're exploring creative ways to leverage their technology investments and redefining the role of the public-sector technology leader at the city level."
The IT Department was recognized for innovate work in the following areas among others:
Gun Shot Detection program
Copper theft prevention
Public-private partnerships for future smart city implementations including a partnership with Evergy
Hot spots to provide connectivity to residents through neighborhood resource centers
Partnerships with Friends University on cyber-security
Wichita State University partnership on data and analytics
T-Mobile partnership on fleet monitoring
- Kansas Department of Transportation partnership on fiber sharing
"We are excited about being recognized as one of the leaders in deploying, utilizing and innovating with technology in the public sector," said Mike Mayta City of Wichita Chief Information Officer. "Our goal is to make the experience of living, visiting and working in Wichita extraordinary by the thoughtful implementation of technology."
About the Center for Digital Government:
The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute focused on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. CDG is a division of e.Republic, the nation's only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.