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Trial technologies selected for Toronto's first smart city pilot programme

QuadReal Property Group and the City of Toronto select winning innovators to pilot their technologies.


The winning companies selected to pilot their smart city technologies in test-beds across Toronto have been announced, as part of the city’s first-ever Urban Pilot Program (UPP).

The UPPlift: Toronto programme, launched earlier this year, focuses on bridging the gap between emergent smart city technologies and building and infrastructure operators seeking innovations to enhance the city’s liveability.

The chosen technologies will be piloted in test-bed properties owned by QuadReal Property Group and the City of Toronto starting this month. These solutions leverage emerging technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), advanced sensors and artificial intelligence, to enhance facility efficiency or improve the citizens’ experience of the built environment.

The selected companies will receive technology support and expertise from Microsoft and Intel, and a legal service package from Fasken. Qualifying solutions will also benefit from $25,000 from the IESO (Independent Electricity System Operator) to cover pilot costs.

The first UPPlift: Toronto technologies selected to pilot at QuadReal Properties are:

ArgosAI: 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. ArgosAI is deployed through its parent company, Premise.

Binners Junk Removal: Junk removal app focused on continuously organising and simplifying item removal and sustainable disposal.

VSETA: Smart facility software, sensors and solutions that enable real-time building and facility monitoring through a private wireless sensor network independent of Wi-Fi or wiring.

Spark EV: Charging stations and a network management platform that allow commercial, retail, and residential building owners and property managers to implement and manage a network of EV chargers across a portfolio of buildings via a secure cloud-based dashboard. Spark’s ’billboard’ style hardware not only delivers professional charging capabilities but also presents custom branding and advertising opportunities.

Eddy Home: Intelligent leak protection and water monitoring through smart products that protect, control and conserve water. Installed directly on the water main, the IoT technology provides real-time readings of water consumption, leak detection and remote water shutoff. When leaks are detected, the system automatically shuts off the flow of water to prevent damage.

The City of Toronto has also selected Spark EV, as well as:

Infranovate: Infrastructure products including a solar-powered smart bench that provides analytics, Wi-Fi and mobile charging, as well as recycled materials focused on greening and improving urban environments in order to help address climate change.

Intuitive Robotics: Smart AI modules which help detect and accurately route disposal of items into the correct waste category. They save money for facilities by providing them with access to real-time waste analytics.

Michael Kolm, Chief Transformation Officer for the City of Toronto, commented: "We are thrilled to see excellence in local innovation shine through in the UPPlift: Toronto programme.

“Toronto is looking forward to piloting ground-breaking new ideas and smart city solutions to drive improvements in the city’s connectedness, efficiency and sustainability. These solutions have the potential to make city living easier and more inclusive."

Mikele Brack, CEO of Urban Living Futures and creator of UPPlift, added: "Through UPPlift: Toronto, we help resolve challenges in the built environment. Toronto’s innovation community has an abundance of solutions to enhance the city’s existing infrastructure. Our winning innovators are now able to participate in the city’s first living lab to deploy ’smart’ and resource-efficient technologies to address those challenges."

A group of 20 smart city innovators were invited to participate in the inaugural UPPlift: Toronto programme, which launched in January 2018. Ten companies were short-listed earlier this month.


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