Toronto selects smart city technologies for building operators

Toronto selects smart city technologies for building operators

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Some properties in Toronto will be getting smarter – and save money – through technology being tested to improve the performance of the built environment.

Selected smart city innovations will be piloted in test-bed properties owned by QuadReal Property Group and the City of Toronto starting in May 2018.

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 innovators will receive technical support, and expertise from Microsoft and Intel, and a Start-Up Program 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 tests will be administered with UPPlift: Toronto through the first Urban Pilot Program. The program, 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.

"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," said Mikele Brack, CEO of Urban Living Futures and creator of UPPlift: Toronto. "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."

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

  1. ArgosAI: Digitized 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.
  2. Binners Junk Removal: Junk removal app focused on continuously organizing and simplifying item removal and sustainable disposal.
  3. 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.
  4. Spark EV: Charging stations and a network management platform that allow commercial, retail, and residential building owners and property managers the convenience of implementing and managing a network of EV chargers across a portfolio of buildings via an innovative and secure cloud-based dashboard. Spark's 'billboard' style hardware not only delivers professional charging capabilities but also presents custom branding and advertising opportunities unique in the marketplace.
  5. 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:

  1. Infranovate:Leading-edge products in infrastructure space, 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.
  2. Intuitive Robotics: Smart AI modules that help detect and accurately route disposal of items into the correct waste category. They create cost savings for facilities by providing them with access to real-time waste analytics.
  3. Spark EV: Charging stations and a network management platform that allow commercial, retail, and residential building owners and property managers the convenience of implementing and managing a network of EV chargers across a portfolio of buildings via an innovative and secure cloud-based dashboard. Spark's 'billboard' style hardware not only delivers professional charging capabilities but also presents custom branding and advertising opportunities unique in the marketplace.

UPPlift is an urban pilot program (UPP) designed and delivered by Urban Living Futures Inc. The program identifies innovations and facilitates live demonstrations of technologies aimed at resolving challenges in the built environment, ensuring asset owners and managers achieve cost savings, improved operations and enhanced experiences for their users. The process creates a living lab in the host city, attracting and retaining an innovator ecosystem, and facilitating deployment of "smart" and resource-efficiency technology into the city's infrastructure and built assets.


Topics: Automation and Controls, Building Owners and Managers, Energy Audit / Energy Management, Internet of Things, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Urban Planning and Design


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