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Temperature, Wind and Pollution Modelling and Monitoring Grid

Establish a city-wide network of sensors that continuously report wind, temperature, humidity, pressure and pollution (CO2, CO, N2S, O3) levels to a public data archive. Hundreds of these sensors would be installed across all city neighbourhoods and at various heights downtown to create a public, live and historic 24x7x365 super-density 3D model of Calgary's environment and climate.

What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"The results of collecting environmental data at this resolution will provide an ever-growing dataset that will enable an enormous amount of data-backed analysis and work optimization that simply isn't possible today. For example, climate scientists can build data models of how weather varies across the city. These models will empower both public and private organizations to optimize both public services and private business endeavours.

City workers will be able to efficiently and effectively water city parks where and when its most needed. Winter snow ploughs can be dispatched to where snow is deepest and snow fences can be planned and set up where its snowy and windiest. New public parks, playgrounds and outdoor ice rinks can be placed where wind and weather is most favourable. The wind impact of new highrise buildings can be more accurately modeled and predicted based on real data, thereby minimizing negative impacts on surrounding communities.

Wind doesn't just move in one direction, it is a dynamic fluid that makes responding to airborne threats almost impossible. With the implementation of a high-density, live model of wind movement, emergency services will be able to immediately know where dangerous fumes and smoke is located and moving to when fires and disaster strikes (remember the Hub Oil fire?). Air polluters who use the cover of darkness to avoid detection will no longer be able poison our environment undetected.

Weather forecasters will be able to improve their predictions of weather both in and around the city and city planners will be able to better understand and measure the effect and intensity of heat islands and cold canyons around the variety of proposed urban designs, thereby being able to avoid such outcomes in the future.

The data repository will provide a new and novel resource for commercial application against a wide variety of challenges. This will help to create new economic opportunities for Calgarians, further strengthening and diversifying our economy away from our historical dependence on the oil and gas sector."

How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

This suggestion is all about technology and data. I am suggesting the creation of a network of hundreds of sensors to be placed all over the city of Calgary to report on wind, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and pollution levels of common urban pollutants like CO2, CO, N2S and O3. These sensors would provide a constant stream of live and historic, publicly accessible data for use by both government and private industry in the provision and optimization of public services and private industry invention.

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Phase 3 Share your ideas! (Completed) March 19 - April 2

Attach IoT sensors to gather and analyze big data on COC Bridges

Since the construction of the first Calgary bridge in 1888, The City and its surrounding area have had built over seventy-five pedestrian, vehicle and rail bridges. Based on the wide distribution of these infrastructures throughout The City, it provides multiple opportunities to not only gather valuable data to monitor bridge health (the load on the bridge and vibrations), but also water flow forces (pressure of the water... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

With the load that bridges bear, the particularly tough Calgary climate due to the freeze-thaw conditions and particularly with bridges usually built over water, you will get heaving and concrete will crack more so than other concrete infrastructures. In the past structural health monitoring (SHM) was a very manual process. We have now new opportunities for our society to co-exist and interact with smart interconnected devices that are known as the Internet of Things (IoT), but unfortunately, most of the existing SHM systems are not connected to IoT. This is now an opportunity to build a digital model of the selected bridges in real time by transferring the data by longer range, lower power connectivity products like Wi-Fi HaLow locally for testing and calibration. So, not only would bridge health be monitored, but a dual opportunity to predicting and analyzing climate change impacts and quantifying natural variability are available. This additional benefit may be of greater importance since it involves more than bridges and affects a city in many other areas of concern.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

The bridge data would be sent to maintenance crews and engineer/scientists using web-based interfaces to view and analyze the collected data in real-time using evaluation algorithms. As for climate data, it could be used for detecting temporal trends; providing information that will allow for a better understanding of the relationships between biological, thermal, and hydrologic data. These would allow The City to understand how the natural system has behaved by comparing historical data with a more precise local IoT sensor readings. This data would provide The City information on how the natural systems are changing from historical trends by maintaining monitoring systems that inform locally specific climate and hydrological model outputs. Using business intelligence and analytics, The City would then be able to determine and plan for those climate impacts that has the highest probability of occurring.

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

As mentioned in this pages three previous boxes, this can be accomplished by using current technology that allows the ability to gather large amount of data by using tools such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and incorporating longer range, lower power connectivity through products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah devices. This would be then sent to maintenance crews and engineer/scientists using web-based interfaces to view and analyze the collected data in real-time using evaluation algorithms. This same data for climate change would involve more use of Business Intelligence, Analytics and Data Modelling to determine trends and impacts.


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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Building a Net Zero Emissions Talent Community

The team at Kettera proposes the creation and deployment of a "net-zero emissions" talent community (NZE Community). The creation of the NZE Community presents an unprecedented opportunity to engage, connect & grow a network of interconnected stakeholders, driving individual, business, community and municipal achievement.

Kettera is a Calgary based tech start-up that has developed an ecosystem of interconnected software... more »


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