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Bell, IBM collaborate in smart city program in Canada

The city of Markham is partnering with Bell to provide an advance solution featuring interconnected IoT applications


The Canadian city of Markham has launched its smart city accelerator research program in partnership with Canadian carrier Bell.

The program will deploy Bell’s smart city platform, which includes interconnected internet of things applications, to improve the efficiency of municipal operations.

Through its Digital Markham strategy, Markham municipal government aims to improve the customer experience and improve the overall quality of life for residents through the implementation of emerging technologies.

The smart city initiative with Bell will also allow Markham to test various sensor technologies in a number of different business areas.

“Markham will serve as a living lab and an incubator for innovation,” said Frank Scarpitti, mayor of Markham. “By embracing smart city technologies, we will continue to deliver exceptional services to our residents at lower costs and improve the quality of life. This partnership with Bell speaks to Markham’s commitment to leveraging the latest digital tools and assets; keeping us connected in an age of great transformation while reinforcing Markham’s position as a municipal leader in the heart of Canada’s innovation corridor.”

“We’re proud to partner with Markham to extend the City’s technology leadership in the management of municipal operations and enhanced delivery of city services,” said Bell SVP Gary Semplonius. “By leveraging the Bell Smart City platform to monitor and manage critical infrastructure and services, Markham’s program will lead to more efficient operations and improved services for everyone who lives and works here.”

Bell is also partnering with IBM Canada to implement its components into the Bell Smart City platform. Via Bell’s broadband networks, IBM technology will help to aggregate data gathered from the various IoT monitoring solutions from Bell with the city’s open data to provide a consolidated digital dashboard view of city operations.

Data analytics gathered by the system enable municipal workers from across city departments to collaborate in real-time, leading to better-informed decisions about the management of city operations and delivery of services for citizens, Bell said.

Some of the planned initiatives for the Markham Smart City program include:

-Asset management: Remote tracking of usage and location of municipal equipment.

-Water leak detection: Sensors on water mains and hydrants to provide real-time status of water system conditions.

-Storm/flood water monitoring: Manhole and river sensors measure water levels to help manage flood risk and mitigate damage.

-Environmental monitoring: Temperature and humidity sensors from fixed locations across the city will provide weather data to guide decisions on management of city operations.

-Energy management: Sensors will monitor and support analysis of energy usage in municipal buildings to optimize energy management.


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