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Contest to help make Richmond smarter

Don Fennell   Mar-19-2018

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Already committed to the leading edge of technical innovation, the City of Richmond is asking for your ideas to make it even smarter.

“The Smart Cities Challenge offers a huge opportunity for new funding to accelerate our objectives, while also providing a chance for us to work with residents, business and other stakeholders to imagine new ways in which our city can further take advantage of the promise of emerging new technology,” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie.



Open to all communities, the pan-Canadian competition encourages adopting a smart cities approach to improving the lives of its residents through innovation, data and connected technology.

A prize of up to $50 million is up for grabs, plus two additional awards of up to $10 million for communities with populations under 500,000.

Projects must meet city-wide requirements and utilize innovative technology, with priority to disaster mitigation, transportation and safety and security.

Richmond is also consulting with such community stakeholders as Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, TransLink, TELUS, Port of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and Vancouver International Airport to develop its Smart Cities Challenge.

If successful, the funds will build upon the technical innovations already initiated through Richmond’s digital strategy. Through this, the city has enhanced customer service and efficiency by introducing new mobile applications and enhanced e-services. That includes My Richmond, a new customizable web portal residents can use to manage their interactions with the city.

Other initiatives include significantly expanding free public access to wi-fi in public spaces, increasing the use of digital documents versus paper, and growing the city’s fibre optic network.

Ideas should be submitted to by April 12, 2018.

Residents are also invited to participate in a poll seeking input on focus areas the city should concentrate on in developing smart city ideas.

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