Richmond residents are being asked for their ideas on how to use technology to make their City smarter, by improving service and efficiency as part of the nation-wide Smart Cities Challenge.
“Richmond is already committed to being on the leading edge of technical innovation through our comprehensive Digital Strategy,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “The Smart Cities Challenge offers a huge opportunity for new funding to accelerate our objectives, while also providing a chance for us to work with residents, business and other stakeholders to imagine new ways in which our City can further take advantage of the promise of emerging new technology.”
The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities. The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.
The competition offers a prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population; plus two additional prizes of up to $10 million open to all communities with populations under 500,000 people. Projects must meet city-wide demands and utilize innovative technology. Priority areas include disaster mitigation, transportation and safety and security. The challenge for municipalities is to innovate and take risks, provide financial and in-kind support for smart cities transformation and build a team and engage local residents.
Richmond residents are being asked to visit to offer their ideas to http://smartcity.richmond.ca on or before April 12, 2018. Residents can offer specific ideas and participate in a poll seeking input on focus areas the City should concentrate on in developing Smart City ideas.
The City is also consulting with a number of community stakeholders including Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Port of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health, TransLink, TELUS, Vancouver International Airport and others to develop its Smart Cities Challenge.
If successful, the funds will build upon technical innovations already started through the City’s Digital Strategy. Through this initiative, the City has enhanced customer service and efficiency through introduction of a variety of new mobile applications and new and enhanced e-services offered through the City’s website; including My Richmond, a new customizable web portal that residents can use to manage their interactions with the City through a single access point. Other strategy initiatives include significantly expanded free public access to wi-fi at a variety of public spaces, expanded use of digital documents vs. paper and expansion of the City’s fibre optic network.