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Open Data and Social Media Tapped for Hurricane Sandy

January 3, 2013 - in Emergency

From hackathons to social media, open government is transforming the way that Mayor Bloomberg’s administration and New York City government serve the public. And there has been no greater testament to open government’s potential than the strategy and innovation…

Rockland County Benefits from Common Operating Picture for Sandy Response

December 17, 2012 - in Emergency

Rockland County, New York, relied on a new interactive mapping tool developed by Sewall to expedite emergency response during Hurricane Sandy and its…

Using Digital Maps To Study Disaster Preparedness and History

November 30, 2012 - in Smart Cities

This week on WNYC's New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with Steven Romalewski, director of the Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research…

The Rise of Failing Infrastructure

November 27, 2012 - in Emergency

In upper-middle-class suburbs on the East Coast, the newest must-have isn’t a $7,500 Sub-Zero refrigerator. It’s a standby generator that automatically flips on backup power to an entire house when the electrical grid goes out. In part, that’s a legacy…

EPRI: Sandy Exposes Smart Grid Limits, and Maturity

November 20, 2012 - in Energy

If you want to talk about how smart grid fared during Hurricane Sandy, Arshad Mansoor, a senior executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has two lines of thought: First, with recovery still ongoing, any post-mortem on the role of sensors and…

What Design Brings to the Table

November 10, 2012 - in Planning, Smart Cities

Alexandros E. Washburn directs the urban design division of the New York City Department of City Planning. The primary responsibility of Mr. Washburn’s group — a cadre of specialists who supply the Department of City Planning with pictorial renderings…

Costs of Shoring Up Coastal Communities

November 6, 2012 - in Maintenance

Though reports are still preliminary, coastal researchers say that when Hurricane Sandy came ashore, it washed enormous quantities of sand off beaches and into the streets — or even all the way across barrier islands into the bays behind them. Even as…

Where the Power Is Out and Returning Across the Northeast

November 2, 2012 - in Energy

The New York Times has created an interactive visualization, with timelines for the power outages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Felled trees and flooded substations meant widespread power outages across an 11-state region. View the online map here.

Waterproofing the Underground Smart Grid

November 1, 2012 - in Emergency, Energy

Hurricane Sandy has already left about 7.5 million U.S. East Coast residents without power, a number that could climb to 10 million from Maine to North Carolina. Some hard-hit utilities are warning that outages could last more than a week. In the meantime,…