Intel in Smart City contract with San Jose

Chip vendor Intel today announced its Smart City contract with San Jose city. This is Intel’s first smart city implementation in the United States.

Intel did not share financial details of Smart Cities USA pilot program.

It is expected that the project – as part of the city’s “Green Vision” goals – will create 25,000 clean-tech jobs, create environmental sustainability and enhance the quality of life for residents.


The pilot program in San Jose will the deployment of a range of smart city solutions including air and water quality, traffic and parking management to communications systems and other city infrastructure, said Intel.

The Smart Cities USA pilot project will give San Jose residents real-time, local data that can inform their personal decisions. For example, when there is a local air quality alert, residents can choose to take public transit, bicycle or carpool to get to work or school and thus reduce emissions and improve air quality.


San Jose is installing a network of sensors to create a sustainability lens that uses Intel technology to measure characteristics such as particulates in the air, noise pollution and traffic flow.

Intel for Smart Cities

City governments are projected to collectively invest approximately $41 trillion over the next 20 years to upgrade their infrastructure.

San Jose city has installed a sensor demonstration platform using Intel Gateway Solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT) with an Intel Quark processor and third-party sensors. Each gateway incorporates Wind River Intelligent Device Platform software with McAfee security features connected to Intel’s Hadoop distribution in the cloud.

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