Coord selected by City of San Diego to participate in ground-breaking Startup in Residence program

Coord will use their Surveyor tool to map the curbs of the City of San Diego to increase the efficiency of curb use city-wide

New York, New York — Today, Coord, the curb data platform, announced that they were selected by the City of San Diego through a competitive process to participate in its 2019 Startup in Residence (STIR) program. Nearly 700 startups vied for a chance to work with 22 governments for the opportunity to secure a contract. The selected startups will volunteer their time with government agencies over 16-weeks to tackle civic challenges with new technology tools and services.

Coord’s curb data collection technology will improve the efficiency of San Diego’s city streets, creating more seamless travel experiences for residents and visitors. By using their Surveyor tool, Coord will provide the City of San Diego with a comprehensive inventory of the city’s painted curbs and parking signs, showing exactly where cars and trucks are allowed to park, load and unload goods, or pick up and drop off passengers at each point along the city’s streets. Surveyor is the first-ever app that uses augmented reality technology to collect curb data, and a part of Coord’s Curb Toolkit, which enables anyone to understand curb assets and regulations at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional surveying methods.

“We’re thrilled to be selected as a participant of STIR’s 2019 Program and to partner with the City of San Diego,” said Stephen Smyth, CEO of Coord. “With the growing importance of curbs in our cities, having a digital picture of the curb rules is an essential component for cities and governments to foster more efficient and seamless transportation.”

In 2018, the program launched in 11 cities across the United States. STIR is now in 22 governments across the US and Canada and has worked with nearly 100 startups. See all the 2019 STIR team partnerships here. The national STIR program is supported by City Innovate.

“The Startup in Residence program is a model for civic innovation and national collaboration,” said Jay Nath, former Chief Innovation Officer for San Francisco and Executive Director for City Innovate. “This program is a unique opportunity for government agencies and startups to think creatively about how we can all work together to modernize government to benefit residents.”

Past projects in other communities have included working on issues such as streamlining the foster care application process, smart sensors on trash cans, homeless health services, volunteer engagement tools, and developing tools to assess the damage in the aftermath of an emergency like an earthquake or flooding. Startups can register on StartupinResidence.org to be notified of new challenges.

The program also offers education for government and startup staff in areas including design thinking, lean methodologies, procurement, civic technology trends, and new methods of product development and procurement.

About Coord: Coord is a data platform that facilitates the interoperability of transportation infrastructure and services, unlocking seamless trips for people and goods in cities around the globe. Coord wants to improve mobility and expand access to opportunity through the use of technology. Headquartered in New York City, Coord was founded in 2016. Learn more at https://coord.co

About STIR: Startup in Residence (STIR) connects startups with government agencies to develop technology products that solve real civic challenges through a 16-week program. See all the 2019 STIR team partnerships here. To learn more about Startup in Residence visit: https://startupinresidence.org.