Innovation showcased at Smart Cities Ideas Fair

2019-01-07T15:56:55+00:00January 7, 2019|

The Richmond Smart Cities Ideas Fair will showcase innovative ways local government can use technology and data to manage challenges, such as monitoring rising sea levels due to climate change.

Richmond, BC – Innovation will take centre stage at the Richmond Smart Cities Ideas Fair on Thursday, January 17, showcasing how business, government agencies and academia are collaborating on the use of connected technologies and big data to transform how local government serves its citizens.

Co-hosted by the City of Richmond and Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), the Smart Cities Ideas Fair will feature a variety of displays, demonstrations, presentations and hands-on activities. The fair will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 17 at Kwantlen’s Richmond campus, 8771 Lansdowne Road.

Primary focus of the fair will be the City of Richmond’s proposal to create an Intelligent Operations Hub as part of the national Smart Cities Challenge. The proposed hub will dramatically improve the City’s ability to respond to major emergencies, while also enhancing day-today community service delivery.

Fair goers will be able to learn more about the City’s plans and provide input on its proposed Smart Cities initiatives. The fair will also highlight innovative local projects and programs that incorporate Smart Cities thinking, from the City’s Digital Strategy, which is expanding the array of civic e-services and community connectivity, to cutting edge programs that address climate change and long-term sustainability such as the City’s internationally-award winning District Energy Utility and the Dike Master Plan, which ensures Richmond is protected from flooding now and in the future.

KPU will also highlight a number of projects and programs it has underway that support Smart Cities thinking, including a video demo of a self-driving vehicle project, an exploration of the Internet of Things and a look at wearable technology.

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.”

“KPU is proud to partner with City of Richmond on the Smart Cities initiative, which aligns completely with our polytechnic university mandate,” said KPU President Dr. Alan Davis. “Participating in the Smart Cities Challenge will provide our students with the opportunity to explore learning beyond the classroom, in settings that will allow them to participate in a real way in the creation of an Intelligent Operations Hub.”

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. The national competition encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

Richmond’s proposed Intelligent Operations Hub would link existing and new data streams and asset management platforms from multiple agencies to effectively respond to incidents that could be as small as traffic congestion due to a rain event, or as big as a major earthquake. This initiative will enhance the daily lives of citizens, while improving community resilience to major events and protecting critical local and national infrastructure in Richmond.

The City is currently working together with local business, other government agencies and academic institutions to finalize its proposal, which will be submitted to Infrastructure Canada in March 2019. The public is able to provide feedback on the proposal until January 20, 2019 by visiting www.LetsTalkRichmond.ca to review the proposal and complete a survey.

For more information on the City’s proposal and the Smart Cities Challenge visit smartcity.richmond.ca. More information about the Smart Cities Challenge is also available on the Infrastructure Canada (INFC) website: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/index-eng.html.

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