Showing 15 ideas for tag "safety"

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Smart City Strategies for the Opioid Crisis

As members of a caring inclusive community Calgarians will strengthen their role as friends and good Samaritans to achieve a 50% reduction in overdose fatalities within the next 5 years through enhanced prevention and emergency response.

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

The most obvious is the topline statistic of lives saved from which there are significant potential benefits to be achieved - both quantitative and qualitative, everything from emotional and material cost avoidance in coping with fatalities to increased population well-being, sense of community, and family cohesion.

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

"As mentioned, this is an enormous and complex challenge. While health providers, social agencies and first responders do amazing work with existing tools and strategies we could explore ways to support these groups and augment/complement these approaches through smart city technologies.

By way of a few potential examples:

- The use of machine learning and predictive analytics to better determine locations and times of greatest risk;
- The use of mesh networking, sensors, and/or wearables to turn the City into a giant 'call for help' button;
- Location-aware tools to better connect people living with addictions to a caring community of peers, social agencies, and/or first responders;
- Providing better access to supports for traditionally at-risk populations the through the use of blockchain technology;
- New online community tools to better celebrate experiences and stories in overcoming addictions;

and many more...should we choose to focus on this challenge."

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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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The Network of Networks

When citizens need help from any number of public safety organizations, they can call 911. But when public safety organizations need help from citizens who can they call?

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

Calgary has proven multiple times – floods, fires, big events – to exemplify "roll up your sleeves and get involved" volunteerism. That can-do attitude will be supercharged if citizens could be more quickly, efficiently, and relevantly alerted, rallied, and tasked according to their capabilities, availabilities, and proximities. Enhancing community capacity complements valuable first responder resources, fosters civic engagement, and boosts overall city resilience.

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

For the past five years Calgary-based national nonprofit Missing Children Society of Canada has pioneered and piloted a mobile rapid-response network developed and maintained by Calgary-based ResilienceTech company RallyEngine, which also powers the University of Calgary's campus safety system and the Town of High River's community capacity initiative. The expertise and technology already exists locally and now needs to be showcased nationally.

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C-Train safety

Instead of having a yellow line at the platform; replace it with a yellow bar or gate.

 

The bar or gate cannot move until the incoming train hits a sensor both incoming and exiting the station.

 

This could also be improvised to work in a way that people exit through one gate and people board through one gate, strategically placed at each door.

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C-Train Safety Mark2

During the times when you are either walking to get off of the platform or enter the platform you have to wait on a small portion of platform to let the train go by.

Although this area is clearly marked with signs and lights and bells to alert pedestrians of an on coming train it does not always stop them from getting hurt.

My idea is to have an arm barrier that comes down to stop pedestrians from going any further... more »

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A Vibrant, Safe Intersection

Stamp and Stomp - an all-ways crossing

Let's turn the intersection into an all-ways crosswalk. Also called a 'pedestrian scramble' it enables people to cross the intersection in every direction at the same time.
What's more, for that brief moment the intersection becomes a plaza that can be 'occupied' until the light changes.
To accomplish this, the surfacing could be changed to allow safe passage across the tracks and this opportunity could be used to think... more »
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An Accessible City

Better pedestrian crosswalks

Controlled pedestrian crosswalks should be standardized across the city. That is, the lamps should be placed either on the north or south side of the street, and east or west side of the avenues.

 

For example, if I walk down 15 Ave SW from 8 St to 14 St, I use two controlled crosswalks. But one is on the south side (8 St) and the other is on the north (14 St).

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Beet ice and snow before Calgarians erupt

Beet 55 and Zeolite as snow and ice removers are a great innovation I first recall hearing about in the 1990's on a CTV news report about this idea by University of Colorado researchers.
I then followed up with my own research on this topic(not applied, but other reports os same). This idea then reverberated in my thinking since that time.
Due to the last few years of very unwalkable and slippery streets as senior... more »

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In Support of bike lanes & the bicycle network of Calgary

Bike lanes and the bicycle network of Calgary has become an integral and innovative sector of city transportation. Cultivation of new ideas and investment in better ways of getting around town on a bike has been steadfast as changes in technology (e.g., folding bikes, 700C tires and fenders, E-bikes) and outdoor apparel continue to roll forward. We see from the bike count data obtained from counters at 25 locations (City... more »

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MAKING MORE MONEY...City of Calgary & Reducing Carbon Footprint.

I have a product that will generate more financial income for The City of Calgary, especially the transit division and create additional long term employment for Calgarians first, Albertans and the whole of Canadian citizens everywhere there is active transportation system. It is a simple product that only requires less than 20 minutes procedure for installation, requires no batteries nor electricity to work, just install,... more »

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Using Augmented Reality to Reduce Infrastructure Footprint

The latest technological progress in the area of Augmented Reality (AR) inspired this idea. The idea may not be achievable in the near future or practical for that matter and it doesn't apply to the City of Calgary only.

Augmented reality allows overlaying computer graphics and annotations on the real world. Right now, "smart" glasses equipped with AR technology provides this experience. The technology has been used... more »

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City of Calgary Mayor's Innovation Challenge

Construction 3D Printing Addresses Carbon Reduction/Housing Need trending idea

Calgary is a dynamic and diversified city, yet it is overwhelmed with the same problems that plague every community across Canada; a lack of affordable housing and a loss of housing affordability. Based in Calgary, 3DPHC - 3D Printed Homes Corporation is a pre-commercial construction company created specifically to address this issue.

Using large-scale 3D print technology, 3DPHC is on the cusp of introducing printed... 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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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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Emissions Reduction through Continuous Monitoring and AI

Setting targets and moving towards net-zero emissions requires accurate baseline and trusted data to measure progress and provide transparency across any industry on the path to a greener energy solution. Greenhouse gas emissions are a growing global concern and innovative solutions to combat their effect on climate change and enable clean energy are critical.

Qube Technologies is a Calgary-based start-up that has developed... more »

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