Canadian city partners with local comms firm on smart city pilot


In Ontario (Canada), the city of Kingston is partnering with communications company Bell to implement a smart city pilot project.

The city will use Bell’s smart city platform to deliver a series of connected Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The aim is to use technology to create a more mobile, efficient, collaborative and environmentally sustainable smart city.

The smart city platform will include advanced fibre and wireless broadband networks to enable data telemetry between IoT monitoring solutions and municipal staff.

Bell will develop a dashboard containing a consolidated, city-wide view of municipal operations.

The smart city platform will digitise city operations, ensure the city makes informed decisions regarding the operations of departments and infrastructure. This will in turn reduce operational costs.

Rollout of smart city platform

The first phase of the pilot will focus on energy management and the creation of a digital kiosk.

The city will use analytics to improve energy management in municipal buildings and residential apartments. Reducing energy use will help reduce carbon emissions and energy costs. In addition, the platform will help improve services offered to residents.

Under the digital kiosks initiative, public Wi-fi hot spots, electric vehicle charging stations and real-time, remotely operated surveillance cameras will be installed.

The pilot is funded by the Infrastructure Canada Initiative through the Smart Cities Challenge, set to spend $300 million on smart city technologies.

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson, said: “Technological advances are absolutely critical and one of the key factors to our future and economic success throughout the Kingston region.

“A Smart City uses technology and data to improve livability and opportunities for the city and its people. This partnership with Bell will create cutting-edge technology for us and put Kingston on the map as being one of the most innovative cities in Canada and a leading Smart City, while improving everyday life for the people of Kingston.”

Nigel Wallis, vice president of IoT and Industries at IDC Canada, added:  “Awareness of Smart Cities has grown enormously over the past year. Municipal, provincial and federal governments realise that they can positively alter the lives of millions of urban residents with the technology and data-driven opportunities that digital transformation provides.

“Smart City initiatives benefit civic institutions through provisioning sensor data that is analysed, and acted upon by staff and citizens. This makes for better decisions, made faster. IDC believes that the Internet of Things has the potential to enhance efficiency while enabling governments to deliver services in ways that were not previously possible. It is heartening to see a medium-sized city embrace IoT, showing that mid-sized towns are well positioned to take the lead as Canada’s Smart Cities.”


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