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Liveability & Safety through Smart Connected Infrastructure

Intelligent Interconnected Infrastructure offers greater security and liveability during daily life or critical incidents like flooding, fire or intruder attacks. On-off automation, operations and monitoring systems control efficiency of water, electrical, gas, transportation and telecommunications so only limited city segments cease operations and needed resources are diverting elsewhere.

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

"An immediate change in efficiency regarding cost and dependability of utility and services will occur for Calgary and be replicable for greenfields or other urban areas looking to retrofit. Furthermore, Calgary will lose relevance as other international cites adopt safe and dependable intelligent infrastructure systems safety, security and urban liveability. Calgary is also already struggling to diversify after a downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry and a previous extensive flood. This Smart Cities opportunity will give Calgary access to enough funding to implement an innovative living lab and collaboration of best Smart Cities processes, products, and processes from a variety of private companies and public groups to connect and leverage corporate or citizen advantages for both liveability and safety. Calgary’s existing dark fibre critical operations’ services network already provides the best system for resiliency for our City which benefits business or tech company operations within futuristic workable and cost efficient connections and applicability for both private and city networks designed to function in any weather or terrorist incident situation. New Smart City builds are more than 70 % cheaper than retrofitted areas due to costs associated with initial construction, and also facilitate redundancy and resiliency on where transit, broadband, electrical, logistics already are provided, especially when they are already close to existing downtown and surrounding growth. Additional savings and benefits occur when they are located on existing main transportation, electrical or dark fibre grids.
TwinHills CyberCity is a Calgary-based, purpose-built, mixed-use, (TOD) Transit-Oriented Development on a location which provides an infill to existing Calgary growth and surrounded by rapidly growing Chestermere and Rocky View. TwinHills was a pilot site in the US Green Building Council’s LEED-ND Canada pilot and now is a LEED-ND Concept Design for a Greenfield with recognizable global standards that appeal to both Tech Companies and institutional investors’ increasing seeking a global standards site or buildings. TechVivo.org, a non-profit corporation, has presented federally the benefits of TwinHills CyberCity as a Smart Cities Living Lab for the products, processes and protocols of collaboration from many leading companies, specialty start-ups and researchers wanting to prove Intelligent Cities Infrastructure is cost-efficient with flexible harmonization and expansion capacities, as well as platform scalability and reliability for application to large-scale urban retrofitting. Intelligent Interconnected Infrastructure Systems or Smart Cities lead to increased urban liveability with less stress and more safety but will also create jobs while actively promoting a new amazing vision of Calgary including diversity, increased innovative talents and capabilities. This results in a greater capacity to attract high tech and digital growth to both Calgary and Canada, providing a new Cyber Age of prosperity.
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How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

"Many global cities have implemented intelligent, integrated, infrastructure grids but North American cities have only initiated a variety of Smart initiatives including Smart energy grids, mobility pay systems, innovative hospital wait systems, and traffic travel times estimates for mass transit arrival and departure time information. This new Cyber Era is about the merging of systems, city infrastructure, utilities and IoT (Internet of Things) service connections in a more applicable way while ensuring best practice implementation of integrated Smart City technologies.
These Intelligent Cities Infrastructure Systems monitor, analyze and adjusts the system to ensure it is providing for everyone’s needs in a more economical and sustainable manner of compatible system solutions. Additionally, the big data and analytics from the system can be used in a predictive way to ensure our City’s infrastructure is efficiently adjusting based on maximizing use-trends and allocating appropriate resources to ensure future needs are being met. For example, expansions can be based on a scalable use of networks to reduce costs for consumers and citizens. Implementation is critical but the donation of an applicable test site and proving ground is critical to Calgary’s Smart City efforts.
Collaborative systems from both private and public best minds facilitate easy implementation as these institution and companies have access to viable success should the collaboration occur.
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Promote Community Engagement - explorcity

How many of you can't find something to do on the weekend? Or how many of you find out too late about an exciting event that you missed? It happens more often than you think.

Those who do put in the effort in trying to find fun things to do with their family and friends usually end up doing a "quick" Google search and end up with tons of results. Although the results are helpful and give you a good idea about what is... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"Calgarians will become more involved in the city and more aware of what's going on around them. They will be exposed to more opportunities and more people with a variety of backgrounds and interests. The community engagement within Calgary can drastically increase, making Calgarians feel more included in the city that they call home. Explorcity can contribute to these benefits by allowing people to discover and enjoy their city in a way that is easy and convenient.
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How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

With technology, explorcity will be readily available and accessible for all people. I will soon be graduating from Software Engineering at the University of Calgary and I have some ideas about how the system could be implemented. Using data mining techniques, information related to events in the city can be collected and aggregated from multiple sources via web scraping and use of public APIs. Web and mobile application development will be needed for a user-friendly interface. Lastly, machine learning techniques could be applied to help personalize a user's experience by recommending events and activities based on their history and interests.

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Big Data to Impact Decision Making in City Planning

Calgary will use emerging technology to making additions or corrections to existing planning schemes or create new planning systems. Moving forward the City will use data to create unbiased, efficient solutions with lower operating costs, resulting in a more complete response to needs identified by Calgarians.

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

"Solving this problem creates a huge impact in a number of areas and could result in costs savings, higher quality of life, attracting people and businesses to Calgary, greater return on Calgary’s investments into the city, as well as more impactful and fast reaction to the needs of Calgarians and Calgary businesses.

To create sustainable solutions, the city needs to be able to respond dynamically to ongoing and emerging needs. Once the infrastructure is in place, ongoing collection of analytics will be increasingly less expensive, and continue giving the data we need to make wise decisions.

Additional benefits come from initial data management. For example, better traffic flow and reduced drive times result in lower CO2 emission, which supports environmental sustainability efforts already in place. Or, Calgary’s ongoing journey to diversity our economy could move more quickly if we had a better understanding of our existing strengths in terms of workforce and business growth. This could make our approach to diversification more targeted by leveraging our existing and growing talent base."

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

"Other cities have already invested in the implementation of urban infrastructure which incorporates leading technology from a number of global leaders in smart city technology. We could look to those cities to better understand their successes and failures and choose our approach from their lessons. For example, Smart Street Lights could collect traffic flow data and provide WiFi access for individuals looking to find the fastest route, or port that data to the city to change bus frequency on that particular day.

Additionally, we could choose to prioritize city needs in unison between the city of Calgary and its citizenry. This data could be publicly available and the city could work with its citizens to understand how to move our City into the future."

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Digital SeeRemotely Solutions to Reduce Driving and Bussing. Edited

SeeRem is a mobile and web application to reduce driving and bussing issues by connecting people to locations via the cloud.

 

Will it have a measurable impact on moving The City towards net-zero emissions?

Yes, SeeRem would definitely have a measurable impact on moving The City towards net-zero emissions. This can be calculated by determining the number of vehicles used for this, their driving routes, how much fuel... more »

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Community EV Charging for Garage-less Calgarians Edited

Community EV Charging for Garage-less Calgarians (in Sunalta)

 

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Installing 7 duplex level two chargers at street level in Sunalta will enable 200 garageless ICE vehicles owners to switch to EVs. This represents 10% of the garageless residents in Sunalta. This will reduce Sunalta's local carbon footprint by 250 tonnes of CO2 per year at a capital cost of roughly $100,000. This project can provide a... more »

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Existing Building Deep Retrofit and Fuel-Switching Pilot

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Identify an existing City of Calgary owned building that is nearing major system lifecycle renewals and pilot an energy-use reduction and fuel-switching project. The project will focus on the Alberta and Calgary specific barriers encountered in the process of transitioning existing buildings from fossil fuel based systems, to being fully electrified and/or connected to a renewable energy system.

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Cocoflo Gamification of Utilities for Citizens

"The transition to a cleaner, prosperous economy needs to be both an immediate priority and a sustained effort over the years and decades ahead." -Challenge Champion: Mayor Naheed Nenshi

A small shift in customer consumption and education will have an immediate impact on the sustainability efforts. If citizens are able to see the immediate benefits of starting a load of laundry to run overnight or setting their electric... more »

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Energy Benchmarking for an Action Plan Edited

Existing buildings in Calgary account for one third of city's GHG emissions. That's great information to start, and access to more refined data could enable the City to create effective policies and incentives to address GHG emissions in the buildings sector. Emissions can largely vary within the buildings sector according to their attributes such as year built, type of occupancy, construction type, systems, etc. With... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Blue Hydrogen Blending into The City's Natural Gas Facilities

SpectrumH2 is pleased to present to the City of Calgary, for the Mayor's Innovation Challenge, the following opportunities involving clean-burning Blue Hydrogen:

1. Blue Hydrogen blending (post gas meter) into the City's ¹top 5 natural gas consumption facilities:

- Bonnybrook Wastewater Treatment Plant, Spring Gardens Bus Maintenance Garage, Village Square Leisure Centre, Anderson Bus Maintenance Garage, and Victoria... more »

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Eco Friendly Waste Converter

Summary: The proposed solution will have a measurable impact on moving The City towards net-zero emissions by converting landfill waste to usable thermal and electrical energies. This invention not only provides the community with electrical energy but solves the municipal problem of garbage recycling.

Project Description: The main idea of our proposal is the integration of market available waste-to-energy converter... more »

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Solar Potential of Calgary Transit Infrastructure

The City of Calgary has an opportunity to take action towards a cleaner energy future for the city, by utilizing existing transit infrastructure for the ease of implementation of solar technologies the City can accelerate its goals of reaching NetZero by 2050. The ownership of ENMAX and the infrastructure allows for an optimal situation in implementing solar technology along transit corridors. The use of solar technology... more »

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Policy for Minimizing Energy Usage/ Light Pollution

Creating a policy that would apply to all City buildings, and eventually extend to all new approved development and redevelopment permits, to require lights to be off in building spaces during unoccupied hours (i.e. from 11 pm till 5 am).  The policy could provide flexibility for on demand pushbutton lighting, movement sensors or other timed technologies (smart buildings) so that lighting would be dependent on human presence. ... more »

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Building Energy Code for Calgary Edited

Buildings account for approximately 1/3 of Calgary's GHG emissions. In order to address this issue, Alberta (including Calgary) has been adopting the National Energy of Canada for Buildings (NECB) under the Building Code for several years. The NECB code is funded, developed and published by the federal government and is voluntarily adopted by provinces and territories as the local energy code. While NECB provides a great... more »

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Community Hubs Tracking Climate Footprints

The Need

Calgary's carbon footprint is enormous and costly to the environment and the economy. Yet, high quality data is lacking on how the choices and daily activities of Calgarians drive emissions. The data gap is equally huge in terms of how policies, incentives, and initiatives are helping or hindering people to right-size their energy use.

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Through Calgary Climate Hub's established connections with... more »

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City Policy and Planning through a Whole System Approach Edited

This proposal approaches reducing emissions in Calgary in order to reach its target goals, through environmental policy and city planning using Poland and Dooris' (2010) article as a guide. The guide states that addressing climate change requires the following 6 principles:

• Adopt a 'whole system' approach: i.e., investigate the 'cyclical' nature of implementing policies

o e.g., When citizens choose to walk to work,... more »

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