The City of Toronto is taking part in the Urban Pilot Program, UPPlift, which aims to bridge the gap between new smart city technologies and building and infrastructure operators.
Several new innovations have been selected to take part and will now be piloted in test-bed properties owned by QuadReal Property Group and the City of Toronto.
According to Mikele Brack, creator of UPPlift: Toronto, the solutions draw on emerging technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), advanced sensors and artificial intelligence to help enhance facility efficiency or improve citizens’ experience of the built environment.
1. ArgosAI — a digitised data stream activated through video cameras and used to count people, manage space usage, assess advertising impact, automate parking spaces, and manage individual parking spaces without sensors.
2. Binners Junk Removal — an app focused on organising and simplifying item removal and sustainable disposal.
3. VSETA — smart facility software, sensors and solutions that enable real-time building and facility monitoring through a private wireless sensor network.
4. Spark EV — charging stations and a network management platform that enable commercial, retail and residential building owners and property managers to implement and manage a network of EV chargers across a range of buildings via a secure, cloud-based dashboard.
5. Eddy Home — IoT technology for the water main, providing intelligent leak protection and water monitoring. When leaks are detected, the system automatically shuts off the flow of water to prevent damage.
The developers of the winning projects will receive C$25,000 from the Independent Electricity System Operator to cover pilot costs, in addition to tech support and expertise from Microsoft and Intel and legal services from law firm Fasken.
“These solutions have the potential to make city living easier and more inclusive,” said Michael Kolm, chief transformation officer for the City of Toronto.