City staff chart ‘smart city’ blueprint for Ottawa

Digital initiatives could soon be hitting Ottawa’s streets with the goal of turning the capital into a “smart city,” according to a report going before the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee next week.

Smart city strategies have been gaining momentum worldwide, says the report prepared by city staff, and Ottawa is well-suited to build on its existing infrastructure in developing a connected city.

While smart cities have been a topic of conversation for years, advancements in the Internet of Things and analysts’ forecasts for the future of the field have brought the concept closer to reality. According to the report, an estimated 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2050.

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