Vancouver and Surrey are smarter together
BC’s two largest cities have collaborated for the Smart Cities Challenge. The challenge is a digital technology competition from the Government of Canada. The prize is $50 million and Vancouver and Surrey have been selected as one of the five finalists for the top prize.
This Challenge will empower communities across the country to address local issues their residents face through new partnerships, using a smart cities approach. A smart cities approach means achieving meaningful outcomes for residents through the use of data and connected technology. This approach can be adopted by any community, big or small.
We asked British Columbians how data and connected technology can improve our community. Inspired by your ideas, we submitted a proposal.
We know the nation’s most innovative digital technology solutions start right here in Vancouver and Surrey.
Vancouver and Surrey join forces
Mobility the focus of #smartertogether
Vancouver and Surrey shortlisted for $50 million
Experience ELA – The EZ10 Driverless Shuttle
Mission: Possible Escape Room Challenge
Vancouver Innovation Corridor
The collision-free corridor in South False Creek will use smart mobility technologies like autonomous shuttles to ensure safe travel in this busy, scenic area. These technologies will also pilot ways to support people at the start and end of their trips using public transit.
Advanced Data and Analytics
Surrey’s Traffic Management Centre monitors over 3,000 traffic devices. Traffic signals, cameras, network switches, and power supplies alert us when events need our attention. We use the advanced analytics from our connected devices to make smarter decisions and mobility safer.
Smart street lights
Smart street lights will look and listen to what’s changing around them. Controller nodes on the lights will alert crews when lights stop working. Lights will also communicate with other devices, helping with traffic management, adaptive lighting, environmental monitoring, and more.
Driverless or autonomous vehicles can drive on their own using a mix of sensors, cameras, and computers to understand its surroundings. Driverless vehicles may prevent a leading cause of collisions – human error. This can improve safety, enhance sustainability, and reduce congestion on busy streets.
Smart parking will help drivers find parking quickly and easily, even reserve spots before their trip. As spaces open up, they can be reserved again. This will lead to less traffic circling for a free space. Drivers only pay for the actual time they park, without paying at a meter.
Smart traffic signals
Improvements in camera AI have made our traffic signals smarter. Lights can talk to other lights, predict wait times, and make better switch decisions, helping cut down on congestion and smooth the flow of people and vehicles.