Leading the digital revolution: How St. Albert won global recognition for embracing technology on a municipal scale

What would it look like for St. Albert residents to be able to track buses, snowplows and garbage pick-up in real time?

Residents might get to test that out sooner than they think. As the city pushes forward on its Smart City focus, digital access to that type of information becomes a reality through a proposed Smart City application.

“The dream is … that (residents) be able to access municipal services in an ‘a la carte’ manner,” said Travis Peter, manager of Smart City and innovation for the city.

“That’s smart. That’s actually data, that’s information at your fingertips.”

Open data, transportation optimization and fibre optic connection are just some of the ways St. Albert is embracing technology.

Partly an effort to stay relevant and partly a way to make the city more intuitive for residents and businesses, Smart City has won St. Albert global recognition. The city has been featured in international magazines, won awards and recently made the Intelligent Community Forum’s list of Smart 21 Communities for 2018.

Now, the city has set its sights on making the Intelligent Community Forum’s Top 7 list.

Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum based in New York, said St. Albert scored very high on some of the measures the group uses to determine its Smart 21 list.

Read the full story at stalbertgazette.com.

Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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