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Smart city tech boost for Canada

Current’s CityIQ platform will help Canada’s cities gain insights into parking, traffic, public safety and air quality

Current's CityIQ smart city platform in action
Current's CityIQ smart city platform in action

Nokia is partnering with Current, powered by GE, with the aim of improving operational infrastructure in cities across Canada and to deliver new services to citizens.


Under the terms, Nokia will gain access to Current by GE’s CityIQ platform technology across Canada. The system will repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects data and distributes valuable insights to cities via Nokia’s safe and secure communications networks.


Nokia said it builds on its steady expansion of its smart city capabilities, which includes a full portfolio of network solutions designed to provide Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity to municipal and utility infrastructure.


The combined digital solution is expected to help cities gain new operational insights and will enable app development – using a ‘horizontal’ platform that can support a wide variety of apps simultaneously – that can address common challenges like parking and traffic management, public safety enhancements and weather and air quality monitoring.


“There is tremendous interest in smart city technology throughout Canada, and this partnership will offer Canadian municipalities a scalable method to quickly respond to demographic and economic shifts,” said Shawn Sparling, head of Canada enterprise sales for Nokia.


“Responsive, flexible technology is key to creating smarter cities while enabling a safer and more sustainable environment. The agreement with Current by GE is a key milestone in our efforts to build a rich and diverse ecosystem of leading suppliers to ensure the delivery of best-in-class solutions for our customers.”


According to the partners, the collaboration complements Infrastructure Canada’s ‘smart cities challenge’ which was announced earlier this year to spur development in new smart city initiatives.


It encourages community leaders to team up with businesses, academia and civic organisations to design innovative digital solutions that improve residents’ quality of life. It also builds on Nokia’s recent agreement with Smart City Capital to foster smart city projects throughout Canada, by leveraging a $2bn CAD dedicated project fund and a pre-vetted ecosystem of partners.


Current by GE works with municipalities and utilities to install transformative digital technology that helps accelerate urban growth and development. Because CityIQ is an open and extensible data platform, the company claims it allows a variety of ecosystem developers to build new apps that positively impact citizens’ lives, both now and in the future.


Current’s smart city technology is already being deployed in several US cities, including San Diego, Atlanta and Portland.


“We are excited to bring our smart city technology to cities across Canada,” added Austin Ashe, general manager of intelligent cities, Current. “Nokia’s extensive portfolio of IoT connectivity solutions and successful history working with Canadian cities make this collaboration a great match for Current by GE and our development partners.”


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