Bell to back City of Kingston's smart city programme

Wednesday 7 February 2018 | 17:37 CET | News

Bell Canada was given an important role in Kingston City's smart city programme following the approval of a public-private partnership deal by the city's council. The deal will enable the use of Bell's Smart City platform for the provision provide a series of connected IoT applications. Bell said its technology will create a more mobile, efficient, collaborative and environmentally sustainable Smart City. Supported by Bell's advanced fibre and wireless broadband networks, the Smart City platform will aggregate data from numerous IoT monitoring products coupled with the city's open data to provide municipal staff with a digital dashboard containing a consolidated, city-wide view of municipal operations.

The Smart City platform will enable Kingston to digitise its operations and collect data to make better informed decisions and investments in city operations and infrastructure, benefiting constituents, internal departments and employees while improving citizen engagement.

'Energy management' and 'Digital kiosks' represent the first two Smart City products of the pilot programme. These will be rolled out this spring.

The IoT products being implemented in Kingston are part of a Smart City programme offered by Bell that will enable cities to quickly transform their operations within months so they can start collecting data, analyse insights and make smarter decisions.

The Government of Canada announced CAD 300 million in funding over 11 years in Budget 2017 towards a Smart Cities Challenge Fund. The Infrastructure Canada initiative is designed to encourage cities to improve the lives of their citizens through innovative connected technology.

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