Last week, CEO Nicholas Jeffery was invited onto Business in Vancouver’s (BIV) show on Roundhouse Radio to discuss the federal government’s Smart Cities Challenge. He talked about the City of Vancouver and City of Surrey’s joint bid for the $50 million prize, which recognizes boldness and innovation in vision for smart cities.
Nicholas Jeffery on Smart Cities:
“For me, the definition is around a city should be ‘cognitive’ not ‘connected’…if you take that to a city environment, a way that the Internet of Things gets involved is a set of traffic lights knows that an ambulance is coming towards it and it’s got its sirens on so it’s going to turn the lights green to allow the ambulance to go through.”
“It also knows when there’s a fire engine coming in the other direction with its sirens on, and it’s going to make a decision on your behalf. This involves machines to machines thinking and then us humans analyzing what’s going on and cognitively working out what to do in the future.”
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Learn more about the Government of Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge