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Technologies shaping our bid

Our Challenge Statement

After months of conversations, our community told us to focus on transportation, connection and access. Accordingly, our Challenge Statement focuses on mobility. It’s a guide to transforming our region — and the rest of Canada — into a better place to live, grow and get around:

Surrey and Vancouver will implement Canada’s first two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, leveraging autonomous vehicles and smart technologies to demonstrate the path to safer, healthier, and more socially connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency, and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion. #SmarterTogether

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.


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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.

— Impact Canada

We asked British Columbians how data and connected technology can improve our community. Inspired by your ideas, we submitted our final bid on March 5.

We know the nation’s most innovative digital technology solutions start right here in Vancouver and Surrey.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Driverless vehicles

    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.

  5. Smart parking

    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.

  6. 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.