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To bridge the digital divide, cities tap their own infrastructure
The challenges of virtual school have pushed some cities to try new ideas for expanding internet access.
Nationwide response to Round One of the Housing Supply Challenge
123 teams from across Canada propose solutions to tackle housing supply challenges.
Smart Cities Glossary
We've created a glossary of definitions to help navigate the smart city landscape, and facilitate conversations in your community.
How exactly are smart cities built? From facial recognition and 5G networks to cheap sensors — these are the essential components
Cities have long been built using well-established technologies: water pumping systems, sewer mains, railways, paved roads, electricity grids and so on. Since the 1960s, however, the revolution in information and communications technologies have transformed cities into densely networked hubs where digital interactions are woven into virtually every facet of city life.
Parcel delivery companies are trading trucks for bikes in some Canadian cities. Here’s why
A pilot project in Toronto is testing e-cargo bikes for deliveries to reduce carbon emissions from all those trucks on the road making deliveries for Canadians' online purchases.
Cree hunters get new phone app to report harvest
Data will be important for wildlife management, ice safety and keeping track of changes in climate. The association representing hunters and trappers in northern Quebec Cree communities is turning to technology to help land users better report what they harvest and what they see out on the land.
My Most Important Connection
Earlier this year, emerging technology companies, subject matter experts, and community leaders from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan gathered virtually at the Community Solutions Networks’ Collision Day. We caught up with Mitch Thomson, Executive Director of the Olds Institute. Thomson was hoping to learn from the other attendees and found he made more than one connection that he’ll be using down the line.
Welkom.U: The App that is Streamlining Settlement for Newcomers to Canada
Founded by international student Oluwatosin Ajibola, Welkom.U is an app focused on improving the relocation and settlement process of newcomers to Canada.
British Columbia First Nation addresses digital divide
A new broadband network established by the Klemtu First Nation in Klemtu, B.C. aims to connect residents, generate social, professional and economic opportunities, and foster community resilience.
Smart cars, smart cities, why not smart Great Lakes?
Smart, connected communities are popping up around the globe, integrating intelligent technologies between the natural and built environments. Increasingly, we rely on autonomous monitoring of air to inform us of allergens and pollutants that affect our health. Why not do the same for our waterways?
What we learned about traffic crashes in Edmonton
Jessica Lamarre is the Director of Traffic Safety, for the City of Edmonton. It’s her team’s job to help get the condolences down to zero. They’re using new data and information to do it.
Data & tech to make post-secondary campuses safer
REES, a new online platform for reporting sexual violence launches this fall on campuses across Manitoba.
Smart city trends across Canada
Carly Livingstone, Senior Program Manager at Evergreen, examines 5 key trends for Smart cities across Canada.
Indigenous-led company AppDigenous is creating accessible smart cities, one app at a time
Melissa Lunney, a Smart Cities Challenge Finalist, shares the creation process for the app Doorable.
What it will take to build a more liveable city
How can data & technology solutions align with resident needs to make cities more liveable?
Canada’s first 5G smart city project launched in Kelowna
The City of Kelowna is installing Light (LiDAR) sensors from Blue City Technology running over Rogers Communications’ 5G network at two intersections to monitor traffic patterns.
Medical Innovation Xchange partners with Ontario Government to assist companies to retool
The Medical Innovation Xchange (MIX), a healthtech hub based in Kitchener-Waterloo, is partnering with the Government of Ontario to offer free advisory services to companies retooling their manufacturing facilities to create medical supplies.
Disruption is opportunity: Innovative ideas & Unexpected solutions from across Canada during COVID-19
When some doors close, others open.
Read about the innovative ideas & Unexpected solutions from across Canada during COVID-19
Using canoes and virtual reality, local project explores Indigenous traditions
A project funded by the provost's Grand Challenges Research brings Indigenous communities together while advancing science and technology.
Who owns all the data collected by ‘smart cities’?
Who will own the collected and generated data? This is a major issue, since smart cities are all about the collection and processing of huge volumes and varieties of data.
Demystifying Digital Storage Solutions for Indigenous Data Sovereignty
This article examines some data storage technologies that can be useful for Indigenous organizations moving towards data sovereignty.
The Planet Needs a New Internet
Internet is not necessarily the first thing we think about when it comes to sustainability, yet its impact is wider than we realize.
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.
Canada should look towards Indigenous population for its tech talent needs, leaders say
While many organizations look overseas for talent to bridge the skills gap in the Canadian tech industry, Indigenous leaders are calling on businesses to invest in the country’s growing Indigenous population.
Indigenous technologists using tech tools as path to self-determination
Groups like the First Nations Technology Council are helping equip communities to join the rapidly growing field.
How Data Helps Cities Achieve Vision Zero Safety Goals
Telematics help cities and municipalities better manage the overall transportation system.
Smart Cities: An Opportunity for Engagement on Big Data Governance
Smart city proposals underscore the importance of balancing the benefits of data analytics with privacy rights.
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.
Moving Hamilton from Steeltown to Smart City
For Brent Allen and Nick Psaki, cities are ready for a storage transformation and a new infrastructure designed with data in mind.
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.
Visible minorities, Indigenous people concerned about data use in smart cities
According to this article, visible minorities and Indigenous people are more concerned about how their private information is used in the development of smart cities and are more likely to object to the sharing of data with police.
Creating safer cities through improved ID security
Minimizing fraud on ID starts with adding more layers to it such as signature, photo, name which make it harder to forge for criminals. Next step would be to add tactile impression and advanced optically variable devices.
Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural communities
Indigenous students need tangible resources and infrastructures to support them in the acquisition of digital skills, as digital literacy and proficiency in technology will be required to apply to any job in the future.
A right to the digital city
What should a digital city be like? The recommendations include adoption of open standards, ethical use of data and improvement of city services.
We Are Already Experiencing The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence
The more information the computer is given, the better it can learn.It's no coincidence that Facebook suggests which friends to tag in photos, or Amazon recommends certain products.
How Canada got so smart on artificial intelligence
When the robots take over, lots of strange things are going to happen. Possibly the strangest thing of all will be where the robots will be invented. High on the list of likely birthplaces is Toronto.
5 Questions Canadian Businesses Need To Ask About The Internet Of Things
To help understand the impact IoT can have on their industries, here are five questions that every Canadian business should be asking.