It turns out that there are a few of these in the NYC area.
Here’s a great Detours episode from The Verge on the Sigelock Smart Fire Hydrant. The need for an updated and robust new fire hydrant has come, especially since the traditional design — prone to fast decay and malfunction — has been around for about 100 years.
One of the weird things I remember about living in LA is that I always heard about cars hitting fire hydrants. It seems to happen there pretty often.