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Looking to the future, Richmond is inviting vendors, contractors and services to step forward to share in its Smart Cities initiative.
A finalist for one of two $10 million prizes in the national competition created by Infrastructure Canada, designed to encourage communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of residents through innovation, data and connected technology, Richmond proposes to create an Intelligent Operations Hub that will seamlessly integrate data and co-ordinate emergency response, while enhancing day-to-day delivery of key local services. The hub will enable improved communications and data sharing that will drive critical decision making for both service delivery and emergency response.
In addition, the city’s proposal in the Smart Cities Challenge includes initiatives to improve traffic management, reduce collisions and congestion and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Other expected benefits include real-time incident notifications, faster response times, safer streets, greater community resiliency, early incident detection, improved communications and expanded on-demand e-services.
The city is already proceeding with a number of test case projects to begin implementing its Smart Cities vision. This includes an innovative partnership with Richmond-based MacDonald-Dettwiler and Associates and other partners to identify risk of flooding, seismic events and toxic spills on the Fraser River.
Implementing Richmond’s Smart Citieswork program will occur over the next five years. The deadline for responses of interest is March 28. Winners of the national Smart Cities Challenge will be announced May 14.