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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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Urban Agriculture for Food Production & Energy System Innovation trending idea Edited

Sunspring Farms - Urban Agriculture for Food Production & Energy System Innovation

Food security is a growing challenge. Over the next 20 years, the global population will rise to over 9 billion people, with close to 80% of us living in urban areas. This increased density will place further stress on local food security and challenge us to create innovative solutions for producing safe and sustainable food supplies for... more »

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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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Urban Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse

Stormwater is a readily accessible resource within urban centers from rainfall and run-off. Many countries (including Canada ) have designed and installed varied re-used for stormwater, but many are not currently implemented in Calgary. There are many opportunities for different levels of re-use in Calgary to reduce environmental impacts within the City. A number of these are listed below.                             ... more »

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Year Round Food Security

We have designed, built and tested a year round hydroponic Garden.  Designed for Urban homes, Rural communities, Remote communities, schools, shelters, prisons, hospitals, senior homes, restaurants etc.

Our year round "GARDEN"  is able to grow multiple plant species at one time.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, spinach, beets, beans, peas, strawberries, flowers, watermelon, peppers, micro greens,  indigenous plants such... more »

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