Learn more about initiatives that make Albuquerque a smart community.
Albuquerque Rapid Transit
Great cities need vibrant neighborhoods and effective public transit. Experience has repeatedly shown that cities that invest in bus rapid transit create inviting walkable neighborhoods and spawn a wave of local private development.
The Route 66 corridor in Albuquerque is a unique cultural byway that resulted from the building of the iconic highway in 1926. Times have changed since then. Now with increased traffic and the need to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the best way to preserve this historic byway for the future is to develop alternate transit options.
Need a permit? Looking to register your business? Want records for violations, liens or applications?
If you answered yes, then a visit to the Planning Department was in order. Your visit historically meant completing several paper applications, submitting numerous paper diagrams and then making a payment at a separate office. Then, you would wait a few weeks for approval or copies of the documents you were seeking.
In the summer of 2016, the City of Albuquerque Planning Department launched an online services system allowing applicants to apply, submit, upload, track, research, register and pay all from a computer or mobile device. The system works for construction and trade permits, zoning permits, business registrations, scheduling inspections, searching for notices of violations, records research and case tracking.
Plus, the new system shortens the review process considerably thereby reducing the wait time between application submission and getting your permit in-hand.
Accurate Address Mapping
How accurate are the addresses on maps of Albuquerque?
Used by first responders, researchers, start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, the geographic information systems for the City of Albuquerque at one time had listed nearly 7,700 parcels of land without a correct street address.
These parcels of land can include residences or commercial buildings.
Researching each of these 7,700 parcels of land, City staffers have so far corrected the street address information of nearly 4,400 of these parcels. Work continues to ensure that each of the 7,700 parcels are correctly identified.
With correct address, police and fire fighters can respond to emergencies quicker. Researchers can help us better understand our community. And businesses can help spur future economic development in Albuquerque.
Understanding the importance of the internet can only be told by someone who cannot afford it.
Duke City residents and visitors can enjoy free wireless access to the Internet, from the City of Albuquerque
To use this service, you need a functioning device — such as a laptop computer, PDA, or Wi-Fi-enabled phone or tablet — that has a properly configured wireless network adapter.
Criminals leave behind more than just fingerprints and evidence.
They also establish patterns of criminal behavior.
What neighborhood blocks are frequently hit by theft and burglary? What time of day are motor vehicles typically stolen? How can weeds and graffiti affect crime rates?
The Real Time Crime Center is the central information hub for the Albuquerque Police Department. It monitors, evaluates and predicts criminal activity. It also sends vital information to police officers before and while they respond to emergencies.
The center develops new strategies designed to interdict criminal behavior in our community through the maximization of available technologies and in-house development.
The Albuquerque Real Time Crime Center has be recognized as a leader in the law enforcement Community. In 2014, it was named "Project of the Year" by the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners.
A booming city in the Atomic West, Albuquerque has long served as a hub for high-tech research and development in the areas of energy, computers, and national security.
Cutbacks in federal spending and other economic pressures has pushed for a new approach to address the needs of local researchers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.
Set in Downtown Albuquerque, Innovate ABQ will create an integrated work, live, play community. Research and commercial labs, science and technology companies, and commercial and retail businesses share space with a business incubator in a way that allows people to work together as they wish.
To create this community, the University of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque have embarked upon a $100 million investment for the development of 1st Street and Central Avenue.
Innovate ABQ will be a premier Downtown innovation district for researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs. This new entrepreneurial hub will be anchored by a core research and business incubation site at Central and Broadway.
Bus Info Now
As a primary source for Albuquerque transit route and schedule information, the 311 Citizens Call Center receives tens of thousands of calls each month. Most callers ask how to get from one location to another or just want to know when the ABQ RIDE bus will arrive.
ABQ RIDE has deployed two primary services to make bus route and schedule information available to its riders: "Txt 2 RIDE," and "Where's My Bus?"
With "Txt 2 RIDE," anyone with a cellphone can text a centralized number to get bus arrival information for any stop in Albuquerque.
And "Where's My Bus?" allows anyone with an internet browser to see real-time locations of Albuquerque buses on their routes.
Since their launch, both "Txt 2 RIDE" and "Where's My Bus?" have grown in usage, while the number of telephone calls to the 311 Citizen Call Center drops. In fiscal year 2012, the Citizen Call Center received more than 1 million transit-related calls. For fiscal 2016, that number is about 492,000 -- a decrease of roughly 53 percent.
Currently, the City of Albuquerque pays a flat rate for energy usage. Not only is this expensive, but unproductive. Just like our citizens have an electric bill, we have a city electric bill. We wish to reduce these costs in order to transfer our savings into innovative projects.
By converting street lights to LED light fixtures, the City of Albuquerque can save millions of dollars annually on energy and maintenance costs.
The ability to monitor real time data will allow for faster repair times and also exact location targeting, which will eliminate the time spent searching for non-operational street lights, reducing our carbon footprint.
Additionally, life expectancy of LED lighting far exceeds that of our current street lights.
Parking meters have been an issue in the downtown area, from instigating headaches to slurping up change. When it isn’t change, it’s the card reader. So what do we do?
We mount 550 brand new high driven smart meters to fix parking miseries. The advanced meters admit debit and credit cards, as well as cash or change.
But what makes them even more resourceful is the new meters are solar powered.
Smart Waste Pickup
Although civic services and waste management businesses have been around for a long time, they have only seen inadequate innovation with operational efficiency. We must develop a method to reduce the amount of time and due diligence required to provide waste management services.
A smart remote monitoring solution that will shrink costs by 50%. Furthermore, we will know the fill-level of trash containers, send efficient routes to drivers, and eliminate over-filling and emergency call-outs.
As human beings, we like to predict. We like to assume our soil is moist, our air is clean, and that everything around us is performing well.
Despite our best intentions, these predictions are not always accurate.
Imagine a Sensor Based Network that can detect the quality of:
· Vehicular Movements
· Lightning Condition
Though Sensor-Based Networks, ABQ can more efficiently irrigate parks and recreation areas, monitor air quality, and reduce electrical costs -- all while meeting the needs of our community.
Remember when Facebook was just a website without an app, the dilemmas, and dreadful user experience? Well, all current websites have those difficulties.
The biggest problems websites encounter are: • Low conversions • Outdated technicalities • User Experience
Responsive web design can be a very influential tool in certain conditions, but it is not an ultimate solution.
Develop apps for improved engagement, added features, enhanced security, and superior hands-on information.
Speaking of hands on information, what about digitalizing that devotion you have for your community and get involved? With our new mobile apps, you can be part of local events and receive instantaneous alerts surrounding you.