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IoT Sensor Network for YYC

Evolve Open Calgary by adding in real-time sensor data that would be collected and shared from participating citizens in Calgary. The City would provide the base infrastructure network and build an incentive program for citizens to participate.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

Calgary does not have a public and free-use network that allows for the sharing of sensor data. The cost and complexity to build a public sensor-based network for the municipality is prohibitive for the average citizen.


Open Calgary does not contain readily available real-time data. Freely accessible data not only encourages public participation but also allows for the Calgary and its citizens to make data-driven decisions.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The city will have all kinds of sensor data to make data-driven decisions. Groups such as local businesses, schools and individuals will all have accessibility to public sensor data to design, build and implement specific solutions for Calgarians.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

Calgary can make it happen by building a city wide IoT network that is open and free to use. The city could start by leveraging technologies that are; built on open source, economical to deploy and maintain, and are environment and power friendly with a focus on Sensor data. Once the network is in place, groups (citizens, communities, businesses, schools, etc.) can be incentivized to participate by receiving free or subsidized nodes to host sensors. These sensor nodes would provide data over the publicly shared network to a data repository such as Open Calgary. All groups, including the city, would be able to use the public data to build useful dashboards, applications, and make informed decisions. As Calgary learns and grows with this low cost IoT network and innovation scales, future needs would be met by adapting the network to be capable of handling increased coverage and bandwidth requirements for more sophisticated IoT solutions.


Some information and examples of technology that can be used:

• LPWAN (low powered wide area network) - click

• LoRaWAN (long range LPWAN) - click
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