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Open Smart Cities FAQ

  • Date Updated: November 2017

How can smart cities can be made open?

“Smart” city technologies collect, analyze, and use data to improve city life. Data collection can be active or passive, and data analysis can reveal patterns in how people work, live, and travel. Many cities use sensors to passively collect data about how people use bridges and roads, while some cities actively collect data about residents, using cameras to gather traffic data or “smart” meters to show how people use water and electricity.

This FAQ discusses smart city technologies and considers how smart cities can be made “open.” It also describes how Canadian laws currently regulate smart city projects and technologies.

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