Smart Cities Challenge
The City of Richmond submitted, on March 5, 2019, a ground-breaking and transformative final proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge. The proposal includes initiatives that would minimize community impacts from major disasters, while also enhancing our quality of life in day-to-day activities.
The Smart Cities Challenge is a national competition created by Infrastructure Canada that encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. Richmond is a finalist for one of two $10 million prizes in the competition.
The City’s primary proposal is to create an Intelligent Operation Hub that will seamlessly integrate data and coordinate emergency response, while also enhancing day to day delivery of key local services and communication with the public. In addition to enhanced emergency response and recovery, the proposal includes initiatives to improve traffic management, reducing collisions and congestion and to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Richmond, an island city with a rapidly growing and diverse population and home of nationally significant infrastructure and government services, requires resilient physical and virtual platforms that are integrated seamlessly across all levels of government to enhance quality of life in day-to-day activities and minimize community impacts from major disasters.
For more information about the challenge, please visit the Smart Cities Challenge website.