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Cleveland Wants to Use AI to Fight Illegal Dumping

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A photograph taken in the spring of 2022 shows illegal dumping of tires below the Sidaway Bridge in Cleveland's Kinsbury Run Valley.

Credit: Perspectus, Cleveland

The city of Cleveland will work with Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University on a solution for illegal dumping that's powered by artificial intelligence.

The end product will ideally provide new city-owned technology that Cleveland could use to identify people responsible for dumping, according to Roy Fernando, chief innovation and technology officer under Mayor Justin Bibb, who has promised to use technology to improve city services.

Cleveland City Council on Monday approved legislation allowing students and faculty, who are part of the two universities' Internet of Things Collaborative, to commence work. It was one of two initiatives approved this week that is intended to bring "smart" technology to city devices and operations.

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