Showing 18 ideas for tag "infrastructure"

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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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PAAVAA for An Integrated City

A mobile application that connects people, that need and/or want services conveniently, to local, registered service providers. In the same method, it connects local service providers with customer requests immediatley and conveniently without registration fees or membership fees, and at a flat rate of $3.99 charged to service providers only once they secure a job through the application.

PAAVAA's mission is two-fold,... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

PAAVAA's primary purpose is to create a platform of entrepreneurs and local businesses that are easily accessible through a convenient, digital infrastructure.

The application fits well within the economic trend of using smartphones and mobile applications to get things done quickly and affordably. It also fits into the social trend of convenience, coupled with facilitations provided by technology: people are at home more than before and want quick solutions that are cheap and easy to use.

The market niche, of mobile applications, that PAAVAA currently operates within, is growing to become less niche and more widely adapted as a front or interface for many businesses. Further, the service leverages the fact that employment is becoming increasingly more competitive, and aims to capture people that want to start their own business (entrepreneurs) by providing them with a platform for operations and facilitation.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

By the number of users on the application- both service providers and customers looking for services. The number of registered businesses is a testament to the number of people that have taken the risk of opening up businesses in Calgary, and that are looking to service the city and its inhabitants and visitors effectively and affordably.

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

Technology is the foundation for this idea and application; leveraging mobile connectivity to keep everyone connected and provide businesses and entrepreneurs with opportunities to demonstrate their professionalism, experience and customer service proactivity.

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Phase 2 (Concluded) Log in and Rate the challenges: Mar 5-16

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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Invest in AI Education - Start now before it's too late!

In China, the government has invested $1 billion on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) research park.
AI is going to play an enormous part of our future. My suggestion is to give grants to AI programs offered by colleges, universities, etc... Put some standards in place and allow many colleges to apply for these grants. (standards such as: quality, ethics, hands-on learning etc...) Make sure many colleges/universities are... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

If we wait five years to invest in AI graduates, it'll be too late. Don't leave it to the schools to come up with the program fees. Tell them to start the programs and have the city pay for most of it, charging the students a nominal fee. Keep the standards high allowing only the best and brightest students to be accepted. The AI program is different from any other programs in that it needs to be singled out and given more funding. The bottom line is the program needs to be affordable for most Canadians.
Calgary cannot wait or we'll be left behind as other cities worldwide are already investing in AI education for its citizens.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Calgary can study other cities to find out how they are measuring the effectiveness of their AI education. Do this quick and start implementing a strategy as the "golden opportunity" is going to pass soon.

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

Technology will be a collaborative effort between the city and the education centers to provide state-of-the-art facilities whereby students can thrive in innovating AI. Students will have to utilize cutting-edge technology create the most advanced AI possible.

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CoHousing proponent :)

A Community Economic Development initiative that is currently in the planning phase. Mixed commercial/residential co housing from "retirement" to hospice. The community will be designed to support people through varying types of loss -aging in place with internal and external community supports. It comprises three revenue generating, purpose driven, charitable social enterprises that will be operated by the community.... more »
Why is this an ambitious idea?

While varying aspects of this concept are found in many places throughout the world, there is no community that interweaves all these elements.

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

Cohousing - Denmark, UK, US, Aus
Purpose Driven Organization - Love and Cugnon
Logotherapy - Dr Viktor Frankl https://www.ted.com/talks/viktor_frankl_youth_in_search_of_meaning

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

Technology - Architectural designs support the community (University of Calgary Research)
Data - I am not entirely clear on what this criteria means in this community concept. Could it be in terms of research?
Community Prosperity, Social Innovation and Community Development - Mount Royal University Research

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Join Us In Building A Next-Generation Traffic Light Edited

Standard Traffic is a Calgary based technology startup focused on creating the future of traffic safety infrastructure. Our flagship product, the Standard Traffic Light, utilizes modern artificial intelligence technology to create a system that is able to detect potential collisions and alert drivers before they occur. We believe that by targeting the most significant source of traffic accidents in cities we can dramatically... more »

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Hydrogen and natural gas blend for City facilities and homes Edited

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I would like to propose a 20% greenhouse gas emission reduction in Calgary by mixing 20% hydrogen gas with natural gas. The existing natural gas supply pipeline network can handle a 20% hydrogen mix therefore this process will not require major infrastructure capital expenses to the city. Hydrogen will increase the heating value of the supplied gas. If this method is implemented citywide then the overall gas house... more »

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Calgary Holistic Actions for Renewable Microgrids (CHARM)

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International team including Calgary inventors, entrepreneurs, investors… wants to demonstrate how to standardize microgrids so that they can all talk to each other and interact. That's an absolutely critical step if microgrids are going to be as important and valuable as we think they can be. We suggest that Calgary could show that microgrids can be implemented cost effectively to provide resilience and... more »

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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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Green Communities with high mobility

The idea I would like to submit for the city's consideration is that of modelling a community in a way that reduces Calgary's carbon footprint by over 95% (or better) in a very short amount of time -- quite possibly a matter of months.

Since my proposal is still being fleshed out and I got to know about the mayor challenge a little later, I would like to only submit the idea.

What reduces the carbon footprint by utilizing... 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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Commuter bike lanes to parallel transit/BRT corridors

A healthy and green city. A city that moves. A city of safe and inspiring neighborhoods. Reduced carbon emissions. Healthier people. Reduced traffic congestion. Reduced traffic accidents. These are the objectives of the City of Calgary and its constituents.

These objectives can all be achieved by amending the standard design guidelines and creating a policy to mandate separated, protected commuter bike lanes as part... more »

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Renfrew Solar Garden Green Bonds

The Renfrew Solar Garden @SPARK successfully demonstrated that Calgary communities want to invest in community power infrastructure.

The project has experienced a rollercoaster ride of attention since the award of the feasibility grant in 2019 and was well-positioned to get the green light using stimulus funds allocated in the fall of 2020. This was thanks to its shovel-ready status and innovative approach to seed projects... more »

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Active Transportation Mainstreets: The Franklin SpurLine Edited

There are two ways to meet the clean energy demands of the future – develop and deploy new technologies to capture and deliver the flows of solar, wind and water energy OR technology and behaviour change to reduce energy consumption. Our innovative product, the active transportation mainstreet (ATM), focuses on reduced consumption and behaviour change. 

Calgary is ranked 1st or 2nd in Canada for per capita energy consumption,... more »

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Biofoundry: A platform for life sciences development

The current economic environment of Calgary does not present an easy task in achieving sustainability. It is my belief that the ability to engineer biology is important in assisting the transition of our petrochemical based economy to one that is more circular and sustainable. The same way software has eaten so much of our world and changed the way we work and function, biology can do the same. My proposal outlines that... more »

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