Research & Innovation

Stevens Institute of Technology and the City of Hoboken Partner on “Smart City” Project

Hoboken, N.J. – Stevens Institute of Technology is partnering with the City of Hoboken on a joint research initiative focusing on the use of information technology and smart devices for improved urban service management and governance. 

Smart City: Hoboken – a three-year research collaboration between the Hoboken government and Stevens faculty and computer science students – aims to leverage sensor technologies, public data and smart devices such as smart phones and tablets to provide citizens and city decision-makers with information for improved service delivery and utilization.

As part of the project, Stevens is building a Smart City Lab on its Hoboken campus, which will leverage crowdsourcing information and environmental, emergency management, traffic and energy metering sensors to provide citizens with information about traffic situations, parking availability, energy consumption and sustainability, air and noise pollution, and emergency response.

In the first phase of the project, the Stevens research team – led by Dr. Ali Mostashari, associate professor in the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens and director of the Smart City Lab – will develop a Smart City application which enables residents of Hoboken to find available parking spots, make more efficient energy choices, monitor air and noise pollution in different parts of the city, receive information about emergencies, and link with Hoboken’s 311 constituent request system to report issues and problems.

“We are thrilled to work with the City of Hoboken to implement smart city technologies,” said Mostashari. “With its ever expanding population, Hoboken can benefit greatly from embedding intelligence into its urban governance, and Stevens is honored to lend its expertise in this area to improve everyday life in the local community.”

The Hoboken Smart City app will be deployed in fall 2013, with initial version including functionalities for metered parking availability, household energy consumption monitoring, real-time air and noise pollution maps, emergency response information system and the 311 integration. 

"With the incredible talent from Stevens, we are taking an exciting step towards further establishing Hoboken as a tech hub," said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. "The Smart City project is an opportunity to build a more informed community and responsive government."

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of TechnologyThe Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 350 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centers of excellence, as well as joint research programs focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defense and STEM education. The university is the fastest-rising college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the best national universities, and it is consistently ranked among the nation’s elite for return on investment for students, career services programs, and mid-career salaries of alumni. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.