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CAMBRIDGE, ON, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - The City of Cambridge today introduced
new intelligence systems for infrastructure management that will help
municipal workers monitor infrastructure projects across the city in
real time, making Cambridge the first municipality in Canada to be
recognized by IBM as a smarter city.
The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology)
and Member of Parliament for Cambridge, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig, and
Chris Mallon, Senior Brand Executive, IBM Canada, came together to
showcase the new system.
"The Government of Canada is committed to investing in roads, clean
water systems, sidewalks and other community infrastructure to
strengthen our economy and create jobs," said Minister Goodyear, on
behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities. "These projects in Cambridge will help
keep residents safe and promote a healthy and efficient environment."
"There's a wealth of information on roads, wastewater, water, and other
key infrastructure elements that exist in many forms throughout the
city," said Mayor Doug Craig. "The new system brings together a variety
of data to enhance management processes of our more than 250,000
infrastructure assets valuing $1.2 billion. This system also includes
new mobile applications in the field with real time updating which
result in savings for the community."
The technology allows staff to identify safety issues on roads and
sidewalks and effectively organize and route this information to crews
to ensure timely and complete response. The new system will be mainly
used by Transportation and Public Works staff with a view to expanding
it to other areas in the future. The Government of Canada contributed
over $978,700 towards this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The
City of Cambridge also invested approximately $703,000 towards the
project, which included training, work management systems and Global
Information Systems (GIS) technology development.
"The City of Cambridge is a leading example of a municipality that is
harnessing its creative leadership to put funding and technology to
innovative use to improve services for citizens. They recognize that we
can't continue to address modern challenges with 20th Century
infrastructure," said Chris Mallon, Senior Brand Executive, IBM Canada.
"This type of bold vision helps pave the way for sustainable growth and
a smarter city that is able to adapt and thrive as it meets the urban
challenges of the 21st Century."
The federal Gas Tax Fund provides municipalities with a stable and
predictable source of funding for environmentally sustainable municipal
infrastructure. Funding is also available for planning projects that
contribute to the sustainability of communities and regions.
The City of Cambridge is one of the fastest growing areas in the
country. It is strategically located astride highway 401 in Southwestern
Ontario, part of Canada's Technology Triangle. In 2009, the population
reached over 126,000 people. With a multicultural mix and a strong
foundation of support services, Cambridge has a diverse economic base
with leading industries in advanced manufacturing, automotive, high
technology, pharmaceutical, business and financial services and
hospitality/retail. The Corporation of the City of Cambridge is an
employer with a progressive work environment that offers the opportunity
to provide service to the community through creativity and innovation,
and with opportunities for career growth and advancement.
For more perspective from Mike Hausser, director of asset management for
the City of Cambridge, see his post on the Smarter
SOURCE IBM Canada Ltd.
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Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Mike Hausser, P.Eng
Director of Asset Management and Support Services
City of Cambridge
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