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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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