Everything you want to know about Smart Cities
The City of Richmond is one of 10 finalists competing for one of two $10 million prizes in Infrastructure Canada’s nation-wide Smart Cities Challenge. Here are some of the questions we get asked the most about the Smart Cities Challenge and Richmond’s final proposal.
The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition hosted by Infrastructure Canada, and is open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) across Canada. The Challenge empowers communities across the country to address local issues their residents face through new partnerships, using a smart cities approach. A smart cities approach is about achieving meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology. This approach can be adopted by any community, big or small. For more information about the challenge, visit Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge website.
The deadline for submission of the final proposal was March 5, 2019.
Winners will be announced on May 14, 2019.
Every city was required to submit a Challenge Statement – a single sentence that defines the outcome or outcomes a community aims to achieve by implementing its smart cities proposal. Richmond’s Challenge Statement is:
Richmond, an island city with a rapidly growing and diverse population and home of nationally significant infrastructure and government services, requires resilient physical and virtual platforms that are integrated seamlessly across all levels of government to enhance quality of life in day-to-day activities and minimize community impacts from major disasters.
Our proposal is designed to achieve our vision statement:
Together with our community, government, academic and technology team, we will identify and mitigate risk and improve the day-to-day quality of life for residents and businesses on our island.
Our Smart Cities vision will protect our island city, increase operational efficiency, enhance the day-to-day quality of life for people who live, work, study and play in Richmond, and enhance community resilience to emergency situations of any magnitude.
Our proposal can be simply expressed through a four-word alliterative process: Collect, Connect, Crunch, Communicate.
Existing and new sensors and infrastructure across Richmond will be connected to provide real-time situational awareness and predictive capabilities.
Implementation of our proposal will bring measurable improvements including:
- Safer streets with reduction of traffic accidents, congestion and commute times
- Early incident detection of earthquakes and other threats
- Flood prevention and leak detection
- Coordinated emergency response
- Expanded suite of on demand e-services for residents and businesses, including enhanced, coordinated emergency preparedness resources and integrated emergency planning tools
- Enhanced communication of general and emergency notifications to our multilingual community
- Increased charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, including buses and bikes
Following the finalist announcement, a Smart Cities Challenge Project Office was formed, comprised of senior leaders from across the City. Ten cross-functional teams were mobilized with subject matter experts representing the following departments:
- Community Safety
- Community Services
- Corporate Communications and Marketing
- Engineering and Public Works
- Finance and Corporate Services
- Information Technology
- Intergovernmental Relations
- LIEC Administration
- Planning and Development – Transportation
A Project Advisory Committee was formed, made up of government organizations, academic sector and local technology companies (see listing of Advisory Committee members). The Advisory Committee provided advice throughout the development of the final proposal and facilitated opportunities for private and academic sector involvement in the project to leverage resources and knowledge sharing to better enable the development of innovative solutions.
The community has been informed and engaged at various stages through the process using a variety of tools and channels including: a dedicated project website – smartcity.richmond.ca; stakeholder meetings, surveys through LetsTalkRichmond.ca; social media; a Smart Cities Ideas Fair; and pop-up engagement opportunities.