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How a Canadian company helped to shape the world’s smartest intersection
The traffic operations department in the City of Detroit was struggling to maintain their traffic network due to dated infrastructure, ineffective systems and a lack of resources. A solution was required to make better use of resources and to improve mobility across the city.
How Okotoks became North America’s role-model for water consumptionOkotoks water infrastructure was wearing out and the city favoured a water infrastructure modernization project to revamp the way it manages its supply.
3 Manitoba municipalities create their own fibre optic internet serviceIn Southwestern Manitoba, communities’ low debit internet resulted in poor quality phone calls and almost impossible to stream videos.
In New Brunswick, Open Data Keeps the River on WatchIn New-Brunswick, a group of civic tech leaders created an app to monitor and forecast river levels in their province.
The Indigenous Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) aims to spark an eventual Indigenous business and cultural district: the first of its kind in Canada.
Lake research video translated into Ojibway to help promote language as well as science
Emma Bruyere, a grade 9 student narrates Ojibway version of Experimental Lakes Area video on mercury research and hopes to spread awareness about her language.
Can Indigenous culture ever coexist with urban planning?
More and more acknowledgement of Indigenous “ownership” of lands is done. But does it really grant them with some determination over the lands upon which cities are built?
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Small town near Toronto plans to transform into a city of the future
Innisfil, a small town roughly 60 km north of Toronto is set to become home to futuristic city called the Orbit.
Lesson from a phone jack
Something as small as a phone jack can provide a wealth of wisdom as how to plan technology infrastructure. As this kind of framework tend to stick around for a very long time, one has to carefully plan its deployment.
People are the key to accelerating tech strategy in today’s cities
Even though technology is a useful tool for cities, one must never forget the importance of people. To be effective, a conversation about smart cities has to start with people.
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City dilemma: Making smart tech work citywide with limited funds
Cities and tech companies are eager to make the leap to larger-scale smart-city technology projects. But can they work with limited funds?
Animikii Raises $1M to Scale Social Impact Through Indigenous Technology
Largest investment of its kind into an Indigenous technology social enterprise. Investment led by Raven Indigenous Capital Partners with additional financing from BDC.
Indigenous Women in Tech
Most of the time Indigenous women in the tech industry are the only woman in the room and almost always the only Indigenous woman. As they are under-represented in the tech industry Animikii made a list of women who are changing the field.
Why open standards are fundamental to deploying data for smart city services
In order to improve the citizens’ quality of life smart cities will have to be built in an open and standardised way.
Without a critical approach to big data it risks becoming an increasingly sophisticated paradigm for coercion
The ability to quantify has become so embedded in the discourse of “innovative knowledge production” as to constitute an epistemic virtue.
City of Markham continues its digital strategy with Your Voice Markham
The online engagement platform is a new avenue for the city to unveil project plans as well as for citizens to voice their opinions and ideas for projects, submitting opinions and ideas to be viewed publicly.
The fallout of smart cities is social isolation
Technology leads to reduction in human contacts and face-to face dealings and the loss of spontaneity and personal decision-making in daily life, increasing social isolation.
Smart Cities Improve The Health Of Their Citizens
This article intends to explore two questions: how can Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and systems engineering enable people to address the area of health in cities and what are the business implications of these?
How Smart Cities are Making their Citizens Healthier
If the power of technology in the transformation of transportation and infrastructure systems in cities is a given, it can also tackle health and environmental challenges associated with city living.
Smart cities can’t exist while there’s a digital divide
How digital inclusion has to be placed at the center of smart cities strategies. Providing equal access to service and digital tools is the solution to benefiting all citizens and making the smart city a truly equitable place.
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A city is not a computer
Brain as computer VS city as computer. Urban intelligence involves experience, observation, sensory engagement. We need new models for thinking about cities that do not compute.
Artificial Intelligence at the service of smart cities v2.0
How conversational artificial intelligence platforms will make cities smarter? This article explores the idea of integrating these new technologies in an ethical way, in order to improve and simplify the life of citizens.
Solving the mobility puzzle: Portland tests analysis tool based on cell phone data
Using data in order to know how people actually move around the city.
Looking for the next battery breakthrough? Think small
As more and more interest is shown in Electric Vehicles (EVs) the full potential of the technology is not quite there yet. A battery still takes an hour to recharge, but this could change in the near future.
I Commute from the Suburbs. Is Anyone Thinking of Folks Like Me?
In order to become more incusive, transit service has to be thought through as cities expand.
How roads can help cool sizzling cities
Special permeable concrete pavement can help reduce the "urban heat island effect" that causes cities to sizzle in the summer, according to a Rutgers-led team of engineers.
Fighting extreme heat in cities with urban design
To adapt to climate change, we need to build cities like we did in the past – moving toward a climate-responsive urban design, centered on people.
How AI and data turn city water management from an art to a science
More cities are looking to drones and other equipment for preventive maintenance, but it is uphill work in a sector that has traditionally resisted change.
The ‘parasitic’ homes that could change cities
As urban centres face housing shortages and skyrocketing prices, parasitic structures could open the door to a whole new way of living in cities.
Emotional response to city design could guide urban planning
Scenario-testing models are being built to help urban planners and architects to see the impact of their designs.
Can a city solve homelessness with an app?
As cities deploy community-facing apps to alleviate homelessness, questions linger around who the tech is intended to benefit.