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

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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