Richmond, BC – The City of Richmond is inviting submissions of interest from vendors, contractors or services providers in relation to its Smart Cities initiative.
Richmond is a finalist in the Smart Cities Challenge, a national competition created by Infrastructure Canada that encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. The City has submitted a ground-breaking proposal that would minimize community impacts from major disasters while also enhancing the quality of life of its residents in day-to-day activities.
Richmond is a finalist for one of two $10 million prizes in the competition. Winners will be announced on May 14, 2019.
The City’s primary proposal is to create an Intelligent Operation Hub that will seamlessly integrate data and coordinate emergency response, while also enhancing day to day delivery of key local services. The Intelligent Operations Hub will enable improved communication and data sharing that will drive critical decision making for both day-to-day service delivery and emergency response.
In addition to enhanced emergency response and recovery, the proposal includes initiatives to improve traffic management, reduce collisions and congestion and to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Other benefits of the proposal will include real-time incident notifications, faster response times, safer streets, greater community resiliency, early incident detection, improved communication and way-finding, and expanded on-demand e-services.
As part of its Smart Cities initiative, the City is asking parties interested in participating in this project to identify themselves and their related capabilities, as well as provide early information that will help to structure future communication and procurement processes. This will help the City identify qualified technologies, vendors, contractors or service providers capable of supporting the work program, while also soliciting input on the Smart Cities initiatives, leading practice, processes, and considerations for future Request for Proposal processes.
The deadline for responses to the Expressions of Interest request is March 28, 2019. Full information is available on the BC Bid website at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca
Implementation of the City’s Smart Cities work program will occur over the next five years. Many of the initiatives identified in the City’s Smart Cities proposal will proceed irrespective of the outcome of the competition.
The City is already proceeding with a number of test case projects to begin implementing its Smart Cities vision. This includes an innovative partnership with Richmond-based MDA and other partners to identify risk of flooding, seismic events and toxic spills on the Fraser River. A pilot project with the Province of BC and other public agencies and a number of technology businesses will seek to create new platforms for improved inter-agency communications during emergencies.
Richmond’s final proposal and a supporting video are available on the project website at smartcity.richmond.ca.
For more information on the Smart Cities Challenge, visit the Infrastructure Canada (INFC) website: www.infrastructure.gc.ca/cities-villes/index-eng.html and follow the event on Infrastructure Canada’s social media accounts: on Twitter at @INFC_eng, #smartcitiesCanada and on Facebook at Infrastructure Canada- English.