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Preliminary proposal projects

We have worked with our community stakeholders to develop a plan of action to achieve our outcomes and fulfill the ambitious vision for the Smart Cities Challenge to strengthen the social and economic fabric of our community.

Outcome: Calgarians are connected


Bridge the digital divide by increasing affordable digital connection to provide citizens with more access to services and resources.

Projects

  1. Connectivity gap analysis: Focus on low-income Calgarians to establish baseline for tools and digital literacy.
  2. Evaluate existing technology-in-hand programs: Residents need to have the right device so they can to access services easily online. We will evaluate existing technology-in-hand programs for affordability and assess if a cohesive, affordable technology-in hand-program is required.
  3. Make way for 5G: Design and implement a public-private model for 5G enablement.

Measures

We will measure this outcome in the following ways:

  • Defined current state of digital divide for low-income Calgarians
  • Increased number of Calgarians that have means to access to internet
  • A public-private, 5G-enabled zone model is designed and market-ready
  • Successful implementation of 5G-enabled zone that supports access for vulnerable Calgarians along with supporting research and Industrial IoT

Outcome: Calgarians have access


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Deliver a personalized, easy-to-use interface for our community to gain access to services, resources and information and get the support they need, starting with vulnerable populations.

Projects

  1. Analyze the access-to-service gap: Perform analysis for low-income Calgarians to establish a baseline.
  2. Single-entryway access: Develop a personalized, single-entryway to find and access services and supports, starting with vulnerable populations first.
  3. Secure citizen identification: Explore using blockchain to build secure, opt-in citizen biometric-enabled unique identifier to assist most vulnerable citizens.

Measures

We will measure this outcome in the following ways:

  • Defined current state of access to services for low-income Calgarians
  • Develop an entryway and:
    • monitor uptake and adoption rate of system for citizens and service providers
    • satisfaction rating of users through survey results
    • increase in Calgarian's awareness of services
    • increased efficiencies for service providers
    • number of services offered through the portal
  • Use a blockchain platform to develop a secure identification system
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Outcome: Economic diversification and jobs for Calgarians


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Use data to match Calgarian’s current skill sets with emerging technologies and new industries where they can utilize these skills or identify educational/training programs to re-train and adapt to emerging industries.

Projects

  1. Needs analysis: Perform needs analysis of entrepreneurs/industry to test and try products.
  2. Living lab strategy: Implement a living lab strategy and governance model. Consider public spaces, transportation corridors and land for potential living lab zones.
  3. Skills transfer / matching tool: Deploy a skills transfer/matching tool that facilitates shift to technology jobs.
  4. Digital networking tool: Deploy digital networking tool that matches challenges to research (academia) to solutions (entrepreneurs, industry) to funding (large enterprise and capital).

 

 

Measures

We will measure this outcome in the following ways:

  • Defined current state of industry needs for living labs
  • Adoption rate of living lab participation
  • Increase the number of new businesses or products to market
  • Number of open technology job postings
  • Number of successful technology companies
  • Non-oil/gas industries grow from 68% to 72%
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Get details about our proposed projects and activities and learn how we will measure success in our complete Smart Cities Challenge submission.