Early Innovations

Arts District

Dallas' first Smart City deployment was in June 2014 at the Arts District in Dallas. This collaborative effort between the City and business partners resulted in an interconnected platform that enhanced the City's ability to provide innovative services. The Dallas Arts District, the largest urban arts district in the country, was selected as the Smart City test bed based on the diversity and level of possible human interaction. Since then, pilots have been established in the West End and a beta deployment is currently in the pipeline.


  • Launched June 2014: The common infrastructure supported multiple City services, such as citizen-accessible information kiosks, district Wi-Fi, citizen connectivity, video surveillance and improved public safety. City services that operate on the same City network include water meters, leak sensors and parking meters.
  • Purpose of the Smart Dallas Pilot: The purpose is to capture results for use cases, including energy and water efficiency, environmental health, citizen engagement, parking management, etc.