Applying digital technology to empower and connect communities.

 

The rapid rise of urbanization has, in recent years, coincided with a massive growth in connected devices (or things that talk to the internet). Cisco predicts 50 billion connected devices will exist by 2020. With this steady expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), along with the kickoff of Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, there is significant opportunity for Canadian municipalities to empower their communities through information and communications technology (ICT) and connectivity.

To be competitive and prepared to respond to emerging urban challenges and opportunities, cities should be investing in their capacity to employ this connectivity to support smarter, healthier, and more equitable and sustainable communities. Done properly, technological investments in essential infrastructure can lead to substantial community benefits.

Through our work, we help communities navigate the increasing array of technology choices in order to address local challenges and improve the overall quality of life for residents. 


Tools & Resources 

 
   LSNETWORK WEBSITE    The LSNetwork program supports and guides municipalities in harnessing the unfolding LED and connected technology revolution to improve overall quality of life for their residents.  Launched 2016

LSNETWORK WEBSITE

The LSNetwork program supports and guides municipalities in harnessing the unfolding LED and connected technology revolution to improve overall quality of life for their residents.

Launched 2016

   NATIONAL LED & CONNECTED STREETLIGHT MAP    This LSNetwork map displays projects across Canada where LED streetlight conversions and streetlight control systems have been completed, are being installed or have been approved for installation.   Published 2017

NATIONAL LED & CONNECTED STREETLIGHT MAP

This LSNetwork map displays projects across Canada where LED streetlight conversions and streetlight control systems have been completed, are being installed or have been approved for installation. 

Published 2017

 
 
 

Publications

 
   SMART PLANNING OUR SMART CITIES GUIDE    This is a practical guide intended to assist municipalities, provinces and solution providers in developing Smart City Master Plans for communities across Canada. It outlines key strategies for plan development, along with examples of global best practices.  Published 2018

SMART PLANNING OUR SMART CITIES GUIDE

This is a practical guide intended to assist municipalities, provinces and solution providers in developing Smart City Master Plans for communities across Canada. It outlines key strategies for plan development, along with examples of global best practices.

Published 2018

   SMART PLANNING OUR SMART CITIES RESEARCH    This research was conducted to help communities effectively design and deploy Smart City Master Plans to improve quality of life at work, home, and play. The paper was produced as part of Evergreen's 2018 Mid-Sized Cities Research Series.  Published 2017      

SMART PLANNING OUR SMART CITIES RESEARCH

This research was conducted to help communities effectively design and deploy Smart City Master Plans to improve quality of life at work, home, and play. The paper was produced as part of Evergreen's 2018 Mid-Sized Cities Research Series.

Published 2017

 

 

   BUILDING INTELLIGENT COMMUNITIES WITH ADVANCED STREETLIGHTING      This primer provides an introduction to how networked streetlighting employing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be used as an expandable platform for intelligent communities. It is intended to as a resource for building capacity,overcoming barriers and guiding implementation for creating connected smart communities.    Published 2017   

BUILDING INTELLIGENT COMMUNITIES WITH ADVANCED STREETLIGHTING  

This primer provides an introduction to how networked streetlighting employing light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can be used as an expandable platform for intelligent communities. It is intended to as a resource for building capacity,overcoming barriers and guiding implementation for creating connected smart communities.  

Published 2017

 

 
   THE REALIZED RESULTS OF LED STREETLIGHTS: SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY    This document provides information on how light-emitting diode (LED) streetlighting has evolved, specifically in Canada, lessons learned from early adopters and the realized results; it is intended to help accelerate adoption of LEDs with those who have not yet converted.  Published 2017   

THE REALIZED RESULTS OF LED STREETLIGHTS: SEIZING THE OPPORTUNITY

This document provides information on how light-emitting diode (LED) streetlighting has evolved, specifically in Canada, lessons learned from early adopters and the realized results; it is intended to help accelerate adoption of LEDs with those who have not yet converted.

Published 2017

 

   LED LIGHTING FOR PARKING FACILITIES    This primer provides a practical guide for parking lighting managers for converting their lighting to light emitting diodes (LEDs). It outlines the reasons to consider converting to LEDs relative to incumbent technologies, the factors to address in a business case, design standards, the importance of an in-house champion, the technical aspects of procurement and commissioning and options for financing, including incentives.  Published 2015

LED LIGHTING FOR PARKING FACILITIES

This primer provides a practical guide for parking lighting managers for converting their lighting to light emitting diodes (LEDs). It outlines the reasons to consider converting to LEDs relative to incumbent technologies, the factors to address in a business case, design standards, the importance of an in-house champion, the technical aspects of procurement and commissioning and options for financing, including incentives.

Published 2015

   ADAPTIVE CONTROLS FOR ROADWAY AND PARKING LIGHTING    This primer is designed to introduce lighting managers to the issues relating to integrating adaptive controls into parking and roadway lighting systems in order to reduce energy consumption, while ensuring safety for vehicles and pedestrians. It outlines what adaptive controls do, factors to consider in making an implementation decision, system configurations, functions of the components and examples of existing installations.  Published 2015

ADAPTIVE CONTROLS FOR ROADWAY AND PARKING LIGHTING

This primer is designed to introduce lighting managers to the issues relating to integrating adaptive controls into parking and roadway lighting systems in order to reduce energy consumption, while ensuring safety for vehicles and pedestrians. It outlines what adaptive controls do, factors to consider in making an implementation decision, system configurations, functions of the components and examples of existing installations.

Published 2015

 
   GLOBAL OUTDOOR LED TRIALS: ANALYSIS FOR LIGHTING MANAGERS    Lighting is undergoing the kind of technological revolution that only occurs once a century. Semiconductor light sources called light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are taking the place of incandescent, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge lamps that have dominated lighting over the last hundred years. This analysis summarizes results from the first comprehensive global outdoor LED trial, called LightSavers.  Published 2013

GLOBAL OUTDOOR LED TRIALS: ANALYSIS FOR LIGHTING MANAGERS

Lighting is undergoing the kind of technological revolution that only occurs once a century. Semiconductor light sources called light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are taking the place of incandescent, fluorescent, and high-intensity discharge lamps that have dominated lighting over the last hundred years. This analysis summarizes results from the first comprehensive global outdoor LED trial, called LightSavers.

Published 2013

   MUNICIPAL POLICY OPTIONS GUIDE FOR ADVANCED OUTDOOR LIGHTING    This report looks at the use of advanced lighting technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia. All these cities have started to use LEDs in municipal streetlights and traffic lights and three have introduced adaptive technologies for municipal lighting. The report concludes with 14 actions that municipalities can take to promote the use of energy-saving lighting technologies.  Published April 2014

MUNICIPAL POLICY OPTIONS GUIDE FOR ADVANCED OUTDOOR LIGHTING

This report looks at the use of advanced lighting technologies in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia. All these cities have started to use LEDs in municipal streetlights and traffic lights and three have introduced adaptive technologies for municipal lighting. The report concludes with 14 actions that municipalities can take to promote the use of energy-saving lighting technologies.

Published April 2014

 

Contact

For more information about our Smart Planning For Smart Cities work,
contact Geneva Starr: gstarr (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-0816 x 257