Canada’s pervasive urban challenges include rising income inequality, aging population, lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion, and decreasing municipal budgets. These problems contribute to rising urban inequality across Canada as city services and opportunity for socio-economic advancement are becoming more geographically segregated between rich and poorer communities.
Enter Smart City solutions…
A Smart City deploys intelligent urban technological systems to serve socio-economic development, and to improve quality of life, and address the origins of social instability in cities, there:
- Empowering sustainability
- Driving economic growth
- Delivering safe and reliable services
- breaking down silos
- Creating an open pathway to innovation, leveraging the power of data
- Engaging citizen participation
Unlike in transactional cities, information in Smart Cities — in the form of metrics, events and processes — must be shared across organizations in a near real-time manner. With the support of analytics programs, city-wide operational processes using data from any number of domains can continuously predict and react to events and trends that are affecting the city.
Global Advantage Consulting Group has conducted comprehensive assessments of the feasibility of implementing Smart City concepts in Southern Ontario and provided strategic recommendations to government on developing Smart City policy, strategies and funding models based upon global best practices. Contact us to find out more about our Smart City initiatives.