Mapping our Smart Cities Challenge

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Mapping our Smart Cities Challenge2019-04-15T16:36:31+00:00

Map of Smart Technology in Richmond

Map of Smart Technology in Richmond

This map of Richmond shows our plan for integrating smart technology in various locations around the City. Click to view a full screen version of the map. The map icons are explained below – hover over the boxes to learn about each type of smart technology and why it is important.

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Existing Smart Technology

River Level Sensor

9 sensors measuring real time river level and free board information.

River Level Sensor

This information is remotely monitored by City staff on a 24/7 basis, enabling quick response from the City if required by rising river levels.

Rain Gauge Sensor

5 rain gauges measuring the amount of rain water running through the City’s sanitary system.

Rain Gauge Sensor

This data can be correlated to data from river level sensors (e.g. during a king tide) to provide more informed decision–making.

Road Temperature Sensor

7 road temperature sensors across the island, remotely monitored by City staff on a 24/7 basis during the winter season.

Road Temperature Sensor

When the road temperature hits a certain threshold, an alert notifies staff to send salt trucks to an identified location.

Public Bike Share

Deployment of up to 1,500 bicycles at stations located primarily in the City Centre and south to Steveston.

Public Bike Share

As part of a current pilot project operating through to Spring 2020, this initiative will increase sustainable and low-cost mobility choices for the community for both daily trips and during emergencies. Supports an active and healthy lifestyle.

Public Wi-Fi

The public Wi-Fi project provides a fast and stable wireless connection for staff and the public at City Hall, fire halls, community centres, parks and more.

Public Wi-Fi

There are many locations where public Wi-Fi is now available via the City network @richmondbc. Through implementation of Smart Cities Challenge deliverables, such as smart street lights and digital bus shelters, the Wi-Fi network will be extended.

Drainage Level Sensor

16 drainage level sensors in our box culverts and sloughs.

Drainage Level Sensor

These sensors provide data that enable more informed decision-making related to the levels of drainage water in canals prior to anticipated weather events.

Pressure Reduction Valve (PRV)

13 PRVs located at the water connections off of Metro Vancouver water main servicing the City.

PRV

These sensors monitor the turbidity, pH and chlorine levels in the city’s water supply.

Water Pressure Sensor

38 water pressure sensors located in pump stations.

Water Pressure Sensor

These sensors monitor water usage and provide a “heartbeat” of how water is being used in the community.

Weather Station

Three weather stations are installed across the city to monitor wind speed and direction, humidity and ambient temperature.

Weather Station

The data from these sensors can be correlated to data from road sensors to calculate dew points and enable more informed decision–making, including when and where to send salt trucks during snow events.

Planned Smart Technology

Digital Transit Shelter

Integrate 6 existing digital transit shelters and 4 additional transit shelters with digital information and advertising screens.

Digital Transit Shelter

Located at Canada Line stations and other high volume bus stop/transfer points, these shelters would have direct connection to the Intelligent Operations Hub to allow for display of emergency notifications. Full additional service enhancement including Wi- Fi, USB connections and public address/audio enabled infrastructure.

Digital Way-finding Kiosk

Installation of 10 digital kiosks with digital information/advertising screens and full additional service enhancement (including Wi-Fi, USB connections and public address/audio enabled infrastructure).

Digital Way-finding Kiosk

Our Smart Cities initiative proposes incorporating 10 digitally enabled way-finding kiosks as part of a City way-finding strategy. These kiosks would have direct connection to the Intelligent Operations Hub to allow for display of emergency notifications.

Smart Traffic Camera

15 HD analytics cameras to be installed at high-risk intersection locations (identified based on number of collisions recorded between 2013 and 2017) with existing fibre cable.

Smart Traffic Camera

Camera features include: self-learning video analytics; 4 individually configured camera sensors that can be positioned to monitor virtually any area; up to 32MP resolution; and high efficiency video encoding. Installation of this infrastructure will improve traffic management and increase efficiency of emergency response.

Smart Street Light

Smart Street lights are proposed at 4 locations along Westminster Highway as a pilot. By 2024, 12,000 smart street lights will be installed around the City.

Smart Street Light

Features include: high definition motion sensing; conversion to high-efficiency LED fixtures; and Wi-Fi. This infrastructure will reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, while enhancing public safety through improved street lighting.

Truck Fast Charger

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority will add a fast charging station for trucks, personal vehicles and e-bikes, with sensors to monitor availability.

Truck Fast Charger

Installation of this infrastructure in Richmond will support the transition to electric vehicles and result in a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.

Bus Fast Charger

TransLink, working with the City, plans to integrate a fast charging station for buses at the Mobility Hub/Bus Mall on No. 3 Road and at the bus depot in Hamilton.

Bus Fast Charger

Installation of this infrastructure in Richmond will support the transition to electric vehicles and result in a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station

Installation of 16 level three charging stations and 32 level two charging stations.

EV Charging Station

Installation of this infrastructure in Richmond will support the transition to electric vehicles and result in a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions.

Prioritized Post-Earthquake Response (PPR) Seismic Sensor

Installation of PPR sensors on key government (municipal and provincial) assets.

PPR Seismic Sensor

PPR is a system that provides real-time information on the performance of critical facilities in an earthquake and promotes faster, better post seismic decision making by response agencies.

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) Seismic Sensor

The BC government monitors a network of sensors on Richmond schools and highway infrastructure as part of the BC Smart Infrastructure Monitoring System (BCSIMS).

EMBC Seismic Sensor

Our Smart Cities Challenge submission proposes to connect the data generated from the seismic sensors on schools and other provincial infrastructure with other seismic data sources which will better support post seismic analysis and in turn promote more informed decision-making by the City and government partners.

Ocean Networks Seismic Sensor

Ocean Networks Canada monitors Canada’s coasts to deliver earthquake data in real time. The Canada Line is linked to the early-warning sensors off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Ocean Networks Seismic Sensor

Our Smart Cities Challenge submission proposes to connect the data generated from the Ocean Networks seismic sensors to facilitate early warning of a seismic event. It will also be combined with other seismic data sources to promote more informed decision-making by the City and government partners.

Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (MOTI) Highway Camera

MOTI provides highway cameras that give an indication of the road and weather conditions and additionally show the level of traffic using the highway.

MOTI Highway Camera

Our Smart Cities Challenge submission proposes to connect the data generated through the MOTI traffic cameras with other traffic data sources to allow for more effective decision-making by the City, partners, the public and other consumers of traffic data.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of Jennifer

Here’s a graphic  illustrating how Richmond’s investments in smart technology will enhance day-to-day activities for Richmond residents. Click to view a full screen version.

Intelligent Operations Hub

Collect, Connect, Crunch, Communicate

Data will be collected from a comprehensive array of City and partner sensors across the city and shared through integrated communication networks. Click to view a full screen version.

Behind the Scenes

Collect, Connect, Crunch, Communicate

Here’s a graphic illustrating how Richmond’s Smart Cities initiative will collect, connect, crunch and communicate data to provide enhanced situational awareness and enable more informed decision-making. Click to view a full screen version.

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