PROGRAM

WHAT WE DO

The Smart City Lab will address challenges that London and other cities are facing in the 21st century by producing scalable solutions in areas such as energy management, physical infrastructure, water and sanitation systems, and transportation.

WATER & SANITATION

Data collection, optical, acoustic, thermal and traditional sensing, and development of predictive capabilities to efficiently manage storm-water and increase flood resilience, inform policies related to water quality and management, provide better pricing for flood-related insurance, and facilitate development and assessment of green/grey infrastructure technologies and policies.

TRANSPORTATION

Development and use of advanced technologies, data collection, and design to better monitor and manage congestion, optimize distribution systems and networks, enhance transportation safety, improve user experience, and expedite intermodal transport of freight and people.

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Use of sensing technologies, data collection, and advanced diagnostics to optimize energy use, efficiency, availability, and reliability within large buildings and across entire neighborhoods. Includes building management systems, smart meters, micro grids, intelligent loads, and implications of electric vehicles and variable energy sources.

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Development and deployment of advanced sensing technologies and data analytics to provide information and guidance to improve monitoring of infrastructure use and condition; optimize investments, locations, and schedules for infrastructure construction, operation, and maintenance; and facilitate public safety/emergency management planning and communications.

WHY THE SMART CITY LAB ?

The Smart City Lab aims to become the Southwestern hub for city innovators. It is a place that harnesses the power of human creativity for the purpose of delivering technologies that effectively address city challenges.

As a London-based research and commercialization initiative, the Smart City Lab brings industries, academic institutions and government together to apply real solutions to tomorrow’s most important business, economic, and cultural challenges. The Smart City Lab actively cultivates and channels talent and resources, fosters systemized collaboration to bring new ideas to municipalities, and drive economic growth.

City infrastructure forms the backbone of our cities, our economy, and society. However, massive scale and complexity have limited our ability to monitor and improve its performance. From water security to energy burdens, from multi‐modal congestion to service deployment, the need for creative new approaches that are effective at city scale is greater than ever. Thus, to achieve a sustainable platform for economic innovation and livability, we must do the following:

  1. Prioritize digital innovation with an executive mandate
  2. Invest in talent and create interdisciplinary teams fusing policy, delivery and technology
  3. Grant flexibility to rethink/alter current state and experiment
  4. Focus first on “minimum viable products” and seek early input from live users
  5. Develop sourcing capabilities through open data and crowdsourcing for co-innovation
  6. Streamline processes and remove barriers through modern development practice
  7. Analyze performance data and stay committed to continuous and holistic development

WHY LONDON, CANADA?

With its relatively low start-up costs, access to high quality talent, strong community supports, and geographic location, London, Ontario is a great place to start things. This environment creates the potential to build a robust, community-driven platform from which smart city entrepreneurs and innovators may launch start-up and growth-minded businesses.

IDEAL URBAN CENTRE

Nestled in the heart of Southwestern Ontario, London offers big city amenities with a community touch. The city of 500,000 residents is situated midway between Detroit and Toronto and is currently the 11th largest city in Canada.  London is an ideal platform for exploring urban innovation.

STRONG PUBLIC SECTOR

With exemplary characteristics such as sound finances and effective governance, London’s public sector is built on democratic citizenship, community and civil society focused on helping Londoners articulate and meet their shared interests.

WORLD-CLASS EXPERTISE

London is a hotbed of research and innovation, with world-class post-secondary institutions and a thriving digital and tech sector. Smart City Lab will take advantage of London’s leading research institutions and homegrown entrepreneurs.

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