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2018 Smart Cities Challenge

St. Albert Smart Mobility Proposal

The City of St. Albert is Alberta’s sixth largest city and one of Canada’s first and most respected Smart Cities.  Now the community has engaged thousands of stakeholders and over 30 potential partners to develop an innovative proposal to transform mobility both within and outside of St. Albert. 

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 for 2018/2019.   

The City’s proposal was developed to directly reflect the highest needs of the community, gathered through an extensive consultation process and aligned with 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% and assure seamless travel to regional destinations; and
  • Position the community as a national model for remote sensing and future travel mode readiness.

Proposal Focus

To accomplish its ambitious outcomes, St. Albert has identified 27 supporting objectives, 29 likely partners, 20 performance measures, and 15 specific initiatives that 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 to 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.

More details on the City’s related objectives and activities are included in the preliminary proposal found below, plus specific performance measures, stakeholder engagement details, strategic alignment, implementation capacity, identified partnerships, and more.  A graphic has also been provided to visualize several of these components and their support for the community.

St. Albert's 2018 Smart Cities Challenge Proposal

Smart Cities Challenge Proposal - Graphic

Challenge finalists will be announced summer 2018, 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).

About St. Albert's Smart City Program

Since launching its Smart City program, St. Albert has become a national mid-sized city leader.  For example, St. Albert was amongst the first municipalities anywhere to develop a holistic Smart City strategy on which it bases all its efforts, and to launch the renowned Alberta Smart City Alliance – a cross-sector collaboration of over 400 members (government leaders, small and large corporations, associations, and academic innovators) focused on innovative technological and data-based solutions to the complex issues facing Alberta communities.

St. Albert has also successfully completed or launched dozens of innovative projects, such as the deployment of Canada’s first electric transit buses, expansion of a widescale open-access fibre-optic network, installation of new connected water meters, and the use of embedded sensors and remote monitoring systems.  In addition, City officials are trusted advisors to other communities and the governments of Alberta and Canada, speakers at events across Canada, and participants in national and international missions seeking to encourage Smart City development.

St. Albert is a proven Smart City reference site and is ready to continue to demonstrate its openness, capability, and insights for others across Canada.

Last edited: May 22, 2018

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