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Calgary Smart Mobile App that is easily customized and adapts.

Custom multilevel platform app with social Learning Management System, Facial recognition coupled with Visitor Management System plus Automation with the goals of ease of use by all city employees, accessibility to Calgary residents, and visitors to Calgary be they leisure or business. With feedback from the community, we can create and deliver customized & relevant functions, that promote a closer community and step... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"Reduce and/or eliminate waste so that savings can be diverted to other innovative ideas brought about by this challenge that address critical issues.
Easier contact between residents and their city council.
Timely release of critical information like storm warnings, census feedback, traffic hazards and security alerts in specified areas.
Create an efficient municipal across departments.
Improved security and a central location for residents to communicate their concerns with each other, which will provide a platform to suggest meaningful and mindful solutions towards reducing crime.
Council can save more on marketing, paper mail drops and external training programs.
Better analytics from more accurate user data, so our council will be able to deliver better services accordingly.
Better service delivery will attract more businesses and jobs to Calgary and we can continue to improve on other aspects that will exploit innovations to make Calgary the best city. "

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

"This mobile application can be updated and coupled with our custom CRM, LMS, Facial Recognition and Automation software tool to improve or compliment elements identified in the previous Zero Based Review plus evolve with the Calgary Community to put all residents, businesses and other stakeholders on the same track to make Calgary better.
The technology is customized to improve community engagements no matter where residents are in the world.
We can incorporate a system to improve city employee efficiency and satisfaction be easing the workload and letting the technology work for us.
The city can automate processes and create more efficient practices to reduce turnover times and monitor processes efficiently.
Local businesses and the City of Calgary can support community growth in innovative ways through the mobile application.
Improve community safety and wellbeing by linking systems with specified functions in departments like the Police, Fire and Municipal by-laws.
The platform will maintain its flexibility to integrate with other services so that Calgary grows as community where everyone can participate to keep it safe, clean and promote a positive experience.
More details are included in the attachment and the possibilities are limitless of how we can apply these technologies with existing and future technology and accurate data. "

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Open Communication within Homelessness Sector

Accessing the right services, at the right time, is necessary to end homelessness. Sharing basic client information among the homeless serving agencies in Calgary will allow us to better serve the most vulnerable of individuals, stop clients from having to retell their story and prevent delays in service.

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

Sharing information between organizations serving the same individual can help increase the continuity of care that individual receives, reducing the number of times they have to reiterate their needs and decreasing the possibility that they will experience negative outcomes because of a lack of coordination.

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

Recognizing the need to strike a balance between access to information for the benefit of clients and clients’ right to privacy, we are looking to technical innovation to develop recommendations of data types and unique identifiers for data sharing between sectors and agencies, where clients extend permission.

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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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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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Promote Community Engagement - explorcity

How many of you can't find something to do on the weekend? Or how many of you find out too late about an exciting event that you missed? It happens more often than you think.

Those who do put in the effort in trying to find fun things to do with their family and friends usually end up doing a "quick" Google search and end up with tons of results. Although the results are helpful and give you a good idea about what is... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

"Calgarians will become more involved in the city and more aware of what's going on around them. They will be exposed to more opportunities and more people with a variety of backgrounds and interests. The community engagement within Calgary can drastically increase, making Calgarians feel more included in the city that they call home. Explorcity can contribute to these benefits by allowing people to discover and enjoy their city in a way that is easy and convenient.
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How could we make it happen with technology or data? (Attainable)

With technology, explorcity will be readily available and accessible for all people. I will soon be graduating from Software Engineering at the University of Calgary and I have some ideas about how the system could be implemented. Using data mining techniques, information related to events in the city can be collected and aggregated from multiple sources via web scraping and use of public APIs. Web and mobile application development will be needed for a user-friendly interface. Lastly, machine learning techniques could be applied to help personalize a user's experience by recommending events and activities based on their history and interests.

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Let's ban pet stores from selling non-rescued pets

Animals are bred to be sold while animals in shelters die. There is nothing wrong with those animals! The Vancouver city council unanimously voted to ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits from pet stores in the city. Vancouver is seen as an example of modernity. Why can't we do the same in Calgary? Let's ban pet stores from selling animals that do not come from a rescue.

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

The city re-positions itself as a leader in term of environment protection and animal compassion. Which, for now, is the privilege of BC and other democratic places. The judge at the ceremony of Oath of Citizenship now insists on playing an active role in our communities, with volunteering and offering help to people in need. It is time we walk the walk.

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

Banning the sale of non-rescued pets is in accordance with the Calgarians's traditions and culture. Let's make it happen. It doesn't require much technology to say yes to rescued pets, no to feeding a dark business and cruelty! Animal cruelty is NOT in the Calgarian culture! Thank you

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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 fruit and veggies, all you can eat!

You guys, strawberries! Calgary will become the urban agriculture capital of Canada by turning neighbourhood grass into gardens! Imagine a healthy city growing fresh veggies and fruit for all its citizens. Creating biodiversity, helping bees, enriching soil, teaching skills, growing local, eating local. Apricots to Zucchini, together we thrive!

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

We will attain a higher percentage of our food supply from within the boundaries of our own city! We will rely less and less on food from other places. Our city will become more and more self sustaining.

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

Add a gardens layer to the city’s mapping system. Create an app to connect volunteers to locations and to connect knowledgeable mentors to interested learners. Measure and track garden output vs. resources used.

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Calgary Smart Rainwater Capture and Distribution

Challenge Statement: "How will Calgary be able to plan for water demand in the future, and how can the citizen contribute with water conservation, while saving money at the same time?"

On average Calgary gets 317 mm of precipitation a year, most of it is absorbed by the ground or becomes runoff. Although not a new idea, capturing this water domestically and commercially would offset cost for the user and the City’s water... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

Awareness via data will empower Calgarians to be more conscious of their water usage, presumably lowering their consumption and their water bill, and there would be cost reduction for meter reading and billing. Constant monitoring should also mitigate surprise pipe leaks, and therefore damages incurred. Reduced expansion of water infrastructure (including storm water) should reduce City tax increases, can’t demand more taxes on water infrastructure if it isn’t needed. Thus, more money in the pocket of the consumer and more available water for our habitat.

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

"Both actually. Adding sensors (flow sensors, rain gauges) throughout the home/commercial space will allow us to keep track of the distribution of rain in Calgary, help detect leaks, keep track of consumption and where it occurs. The data would stream live to a central database, via an existing data network (say Shaw Open), were it can be analyzed and also be accessible to the user. Better data will help build better climate models, help in infrastructure planning and show us where we can improve and where we have.

Rainwater harvesting is relatively simple, requiring a catchment (roof and PVC pipping), storage (tank), filtering (UV and sediment removal) and distribution system for use as flush or garden water. The more complex technology is in the filtering system as it must meet a minimum standard, say microfiltration at 0.5 μm and UV disinfection of 30 mJ/cm²."

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Limited Tools to Support Data Driven Decision Making

Incorporating the urban analytics vision using Data management and analytics platform, this ecosystem will provide a large data repository to collect and process "siloed" data. It will combine big data and analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and cloud-based services to provide an environment to fuse a myriad of data sets and provide Data as a Service (DaaS) and Analytics as a Service (AaaS) through dashboard analytics... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

Faster impact time with data on fingertips.

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

Measurement of various data sets and fusion of them will provide a single view of data and hence faster action for the operations management.

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Rejuvenation of old infrastructure that lacked funding

Making integration into Calgary easy by following due diligence, professional standards, approved processes and compliance in an transparent manor. Informational Asymmetry! The person paying for the service can't always take on the all of the risk from a lower position of power. A warranty of completing a transaction in good faith.

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

"Help bringing all homes up to current home builder standards.... I don't know how long this would take, but I am assuming an ongoing process of improvement!
This means that we can the use the R2 zoned land to the best of it's ability. Making homes self sustainable on a personal level, therefore being able to rent out legal places to stay. Helping stimulating local economy in my neighborhood. Like the landscaper that lives behind me. "

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

"Open source data sharing. Has the house ever had an insurance claim for water? How was the house fixed? Who then inspects the house? If there was a fire in my house... any person in my basement would die if the fire closed off the stairs. (how the flip do I fix that?!?)How is this allowed?
Permit accessibility in layman's terms and professional standards.
I want to make homes self sustainable... How? Data sources on the hot and cold spots of the neighborhood, use wind or solar power, will those sustain the house on it's own and therefore give back to the grid. Cost? ROI? preventing Scope creep!!"

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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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Understanding Air Quality

Imagine if every digital sign in the city was eager to share the current air quality. What if drivers could see the immediate impact there actions are having on the environment around them? I believe if we educated our citizens on how air quality fluctuates through our the day, like at drop off time at an elementary school people might change their behaviour.

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

If we change people’s behaviour we would see an impact on our air quality and possibly an interest in the overall environment.

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

Our weather stations already record air quality, all we want to do is share this information with the public more obviously. Having a measure of air quality at problem spots (10th Street next to SAIT) would be ideal.

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Smart city ideas.

Sidewalks wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. Better place sidewalk ramps. Buses running more frequently, with a maximum wait time of 15 minutes. Less buttons to push to cross streets and more automatically changing lights going with the flow of traffic. Two types of city plows, one for roads and one to get rid of the snow pushed onto sidewalks but the plows plowing the roads. LRT stations and bridges that are all... more »
What will change for Calgarians if we solve this problem? (Measurable)

It would also be neat if we could pay our bus fare via bottles or that at least at LRT statiosn they would have places to deposit bottles that would get returned and that they could keep for a little bit of money for themselves.

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

Have city workers, when they are working on something, if they see a problem take a picture and show it to their bosses and see if it is an issue that needs to be dealt with.

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Become Canadian leaders in dementia care

Create dementia villages with services, amenities and environments that provide an alternative to hospitalization or institutionalization and provides full scope of support and care for all vulnerable dementia patients and their families. Nobody should suffer from dementia without the benefit of a caring community. Calgary can become a leader in giving people with dementia the dignity they deserve.

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

"-More efficient care provided by health care workers who have access to health related data about the residents (see next section)
-Reduced incidences of residents languishing in hospitals if their 'homes' are in these villages
-Better quality of life for residents (dementia patients) living in the village communities (there are measures in health care for Quality of Life)
-Reduced health care costs in the long term

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

"Connected technology within this advanced dementia healthcare setting could dramatically affect the healthcare providers' ability to provide accurate, efficient care to residents, and quick accurate information about the resident to their families. For example - assuming privacy issues are accounted for - if nursing staff each had a hand held device with resident specific information, it would make caring for them more seamless. They could always be aware of the whereabouts of each resident in the village; be notified immediately if a patient falls without the resident having to call for help; be notified when it is time to give medication and exact dosages; schedule health services such as bathing, hair dressing, dental care etc. so into one schedule. Family members would have access to the same information which would provide peace of mind to be able to follow and track the patient's daily activities from a distance; providing reassurance that they are eating, interacting, taking medication, etc.

Architects and health care providers have been successful at designing spaces and modified care plans that are suitable for people living with dementia in a community setting. This has been done and does work. See Hogewey in Holland. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwiOBlyWpko"

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