IBM Canada Ltd., together with Waterfront Toronto and IBM business partner Element Blue, recently announced a collaboration that showcases Toronto’s waterfront as a leading example of how to build a smarter city.
Waterfront Toronto is one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America and one of the largest waterfront revitalizations ever undertaken.
It will use IBM’s cloud computing and social business software, services and technologies, IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities, a platform that has the ability to integrate multiple data sources and create real-time visualizations of information to deliver operational insights and opportunities for social collaboration for the waterfront, the company said in a release.
This first stage of the project demonstrates the malleability of the platform and offers a glimpse of the potential for ongoing innovation and real-time tracking of community systems which impact residents’ lives.
Through this collaboration with IBM and Element Blue, Waterfront Toronto is launching the newblueedge.ca, a community portal and platform, which includes IBM social collaboration tools that residents can use to connect with neighbours, businesses and service providers in the surrounding area.
The portal provides ways to view city-wide data on mobile or desktop devices, allowing residents to keep a finger on the pulse of events, news and activity across the growing community.
In time, big data analytics capabilities within the platform are expected to provide deeper insight around wellness, transportation, energy management, water conservation and sustainability efforts, as well as public safety and security across the community.
“Waterfront Toronto is developing a connected platform that will help generate insight into how to deliver community services more effectively and efficiently for both business and residents,” said Ralph Chapman, vice-president, public sector, for IBM Canada. “This initial collaboration establishes a foundation for continuous innovation and economic growth as the community and associated services continue to expand.”