The City of St. Albert has engaged thousands of stakeholders to develop an innovative proposal to transform local mobility from multiple perspectives.
This proposal is part of the Government of Canada’s “Smart Cities Challenge” – a national initiative to inspire innovation and encourage communities to address local issues through data, connected technologies and partnerships. The challenge is structured as a competition, with St. Albert vying for a $10 million prize in the mid-sized city category.
The City’s proposal was developed to directly reflect the highest needs of the community, gathered through an extensive consultation process, and aligned to local priorities and strategies. St. Albert’s three key outcome areas articulate a vision to:
- Eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries;
- Improve local travel efficiency by at least 20 per cent and assure seamless travel to regional destinations; and
- Position St. Albert as a national model for remote sensing and future travel mode readiness.
"Our Smart Cities Challenge proposal has been designed to address the community’s highest needs, complement the priorities of other governments, and showcase our solutions and expertise to others,” says Mayor Cathy Heron. "We have built a sterling Smart City record here, and I am extremely confident this proposal will be successful due to its highly innovative, integrated, open and collaborative design.”
To accomplish its ambitious outcomes, St. Albert has identified 27 supporting objectives, 29 likely partners, 20 performance measures and 15 specific initiatives it will pursue. These initiatives focus on:
- Artificially Intelligent Systems – Application of adaptive transportation technologies, infused with artificial intelligence and advanced analytics, to predict and respond to real-time traffic conditions.
- Safety Controls – New safety systems, including those that instantly detect and respond to incidents, avoid pedestrian collisions, share data with drivers, and give priority to emergency vehicles so they can move quickly and safely through intersections.
- Future Ready, Inclusive Movement – New approach that reflects all types of travel, recognizes the impacts of future travel modes (such as driverless vehicles), and enables people to move effectively through the community regardless of age or ability.
- Remote Sensing – Sensors and monitoring systems across the community to silently collect data required for effective planning, prediction and management.
- Data Management – Improvement of municipal capacity to collect, move, store, analyze, secure and share data.
- Regional Coordination – Establish frameworks for regional data sharing and coordination of transportation systems, including the future potential for a consolidated operations centre.
Specific initiatives are referenced in St. Albert’s full proposal. The attached graphic also visualizes several of these components and their support for the community.
Challenge finalists will be announced this summer, with each finalist expected to receive a grant of $250,000 to develop and submit their final proposal. Two winners, expected to be announced in Spring 2019, will receive prizes of up to $10 million in St. Albert’s mid-sized category (under 500,000 population).
For more information about the Smart Cities Challenge, please visit the Infrastructure Canada website.
For a full copy of St. Albert’s Smart Mobility proposal, or for more information on St. Albert’s Smart City Master Plan and current initiatives, please visit our 2018 Smart Cities Challenge webpage or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.