The City of Markham announced the launch of the Smart City Accelerator Research Program, a new partnership with Bell. The program will deploy Bell's Smart City platform, an advanced solution of interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) applications, to improve the efficiency of municipal operations and enhance City services for residents.
Through its Digital Markham strategy, Markham aims to create a "frictionless city" through innovation and adoption of emerging technologies that will enhance the customer experience and improve the overall quality of life for Markham residents. The Smart City initiative with Bell will advance Markham's digital journey and provide the opportunity for the City 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 Senior Vice President Gary Semplonius. "By leveraging the Bell Smart City platform to monitor and manage critical infrastructure and services, Markham'sprogram 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. Supported by Bell's advanced broadband networks, IBM technology helps 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.
"This integration between IBM's technology and Bell's pervasive broadband networks and IoT applications brings the best of these two industry leaders in delivering the Markham Smart City program to the City," said Nathalie Le Prohon, IBM Canada's telecommunications leader.
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.
For more information about Bell's Smart City platform in Markham, please visit Bell.ca/Markham.
Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada's most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.
Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing advanced broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services throughout the country. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.
The Bell Let's Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let's Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research and workplace leadership initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.
About IBM Canada
IBM Canada is headquartered in Markham, Ontario and is one of Canada's top 10 private R&D investors; contributing more than $478 million to Canadian research and development initiatives last year. IBM has a unique approach to collaboration that provides academic researchers, small and large business, start-ups and developers with business strategies and computing tools they need to innovate. Areas of focus include AI, cloud and security. Canada is also home to IBM's largest microelectronics packaging and test facility in Bromont, Quebec and the largest software development organization in the country, with sites in Markham, Ottawa, and Fredericton.