The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday to discuss technology, the Building Integrated Communities Initiative and prioritized affordable housing sites.
Scott Clark, executive director for technology for the Town, opened the meeting with a presentation on the use of technology in areas like security and smart cities.
Clark said security, an IT priority of the Town, is built upon staff training.
“We don’t typically publish all of the countermeasures and activities that we do,” he said. “But you can rest assured that it is a multi-layered approach, starting with an awareness that staff is provided training so that they understand the danger of clicking.”
As one of the AT&T “spotlight cities,” Chapel Hill takes part in an initiative that aims to better connect residents to the town and provide detailed analytical data for the town government to improve transit systems, pipes, roadways and other public facilities.
Under the initiative, the Town decided to pilot technology to address concerns with parking and traffic. For instance, it is configuring the Array of Things sensors starting next week with UNC, which will provide real-time, location-based data about a city's environment, infrastructure and activity.
“We’ve been working with Duke Energy to get attachment rights to put them on pole so that we could do a variety of things with them,” Clark said.
In the Q&A section of the meeting, council member Hongbin Gu said the Town’s frequency of updating data, such as crime or bicycle crashes, has decreased in recent years.