The City of Markham today announced the launch of the Smart City Accelerator Research Program, a new partnership with Bell.

The program will deploy Bell’s Smart City platform, an advanced solution of interconnected Internet of Things (IoT) applications, to improve the efficiency of municipal operations and enhance City services for residents.

“Markham will serve as a living lab and an incubator for innovation,” said Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of Markham. “By embracing smart city technologies, we will continue to deliver exceptional services to our residents at lower costs and improve the quality of life.”

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Through its Digital Markham strategy, Markham aims to create a “frictionless city” through innovation and adoption of emerging technologies. The Smart City initiative with Bell will advance Markham’s digital journey and provide the opportunity for the City to test various sensor technologies in a number of different business areas.

Planned initiatives for the Markham Smart City program include:

  • Water leak detection: Sensors on water mains and hydrants to provide real-time status of water system conditions.
  • Storm/flood water monitoring: Manhole and river sensors measure water levels to help manage flood risk and mitigate damage.
  • Asset management: Remote tracking of usage and location of municipal equipment.
  • Environmental monitoring: Temperature and humidity sensors from fixed locations across the city will provide weather data to guide decisions on management of city operations.
  • Energy management: Sensors will monitor and support analysis of energy usage in municipal buildings to optimize energy management.

“We’re proud to partner with Markham to extend the City’s technology leadership in the management of municipal operations and enhanced delivery of city services,” said Gary Semplonius, senior vice president of Bell. “By leveraging the Bell Smart City platform to monitor and manage critical infrastructure and services, Markham’s program will lead to more efficient operations and improved services for everyone who lives and works here.”

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