Smart City Resources



A Smart City is not just about technology. It is about creating and nurturing a resilient, livable, and workable City through the use of technology, data and social innovation.

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A municipality that is resilient is adaptive, well planned and flexible – one that can withstand external shocks such as economic crisis, epidemics, congestion, transport breakdowns, and environmental pollution.

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A municipality that is livable is one in which citizens are healthy, engaged with their community and actively minimize their environmental footprint.

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A municipality that is workable is one that connects its citizens through advanced transportation and mobility, broadband connectivity, educational institutions and smart infrastructure.



Effective decision making, collaboration, cost reduction and resilient public

Academic Institutions

Promote innovation, accelerate startup formation and leverage talents and knowledge.


Better community connectivity, improved social equality, increased employment, better quality of life.


Promote innovation, new business development, develop new products and services, and increase investments.




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Parking in Barcelona

Using light and metal detectors, sensors detect if a parking spot or loading area is occupied. These street sensors help motorists find parking, but they also provide data about parking patterns, helping officials improve management of urban mobility.

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Operations Management in Orlando

The City of Orlando approaches the smart operation of transportation, security and emergency management through Orlando Operations Center (OOC). The OOC operates as a smart city center through functions such as adaptive traffic signal control, remote CCTV management and city monitoring through display screen walls within OOC, 911 communications center system that harnesses CAD, EMD software and AVL technology, and incident information management and distribution through live camera feeds, VMS, SMS and smartphone alert services.

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Smart Mobility in Columbia

Through the Program “MDE: Medellin Smart City,” Medellin is implementing projects to create free Internet access zones, community centers, a Mi-Medellin co-creation portal, open data, online transactions, and other services. Another strategy is the creation of the Smart Mobility System which, through the use of technology, has achieved a reduction in the number of accidents, improvement in mobility, and a reduction in incident response time.

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Waste Management in Sweden

Less than 1% of the country’s garbage goes to landfills. While recycling makes a big dent in the garbage stream, Sweden also burns about as much waste as it recycles. Its 32 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants are what keep landfill deposits next to nothing, incinerating almost 2 million tons of filtered garbage.

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Internet of Things for Smart Cities

Andrea Zanella, Nicola Bui, Angelo Castellani, Lorenzo Vangelista, Michele Zorzi

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a recent communication paradigm that envisions a near future, in which the objects of everyday life will be equipped with microcontrollers, transceivers for digital communication, and suitable protocol stacks that will make them able to communicate with one another and with the users, becoming an integral part of the Internet.

Smart Cities and the Future Internet: Towards Cooperation Frameworks for Open Innovation

Hans Schaffers, Nicos Komninos, Marc Pallot,
Brigitte Trousse, Michael Nilsson, Alvaro Oliveira

Cities nowadays face complex challenges to meet objectives regarding socio-economic development and quality of life. The concept of “smart cities” is a response to these challenges. This paper explores “smart cities” as environments of open and user-driven innovation for experimenting and validating Future Internet-enabled services.

A Data-Emergency-Aware Scheduling Scheme for Internet of Things in Smart Cities

Tie Qiu, Kaiyu Zheng, Min Han, Philip Chen, Meiling Xu

With the applications of Internet of Things for smart cities, the real-time performance for a large number of network packets is facing serious challenge. Thus, how to improve the emergency response has become a critical issue.

Government Information Sharing - Is Data Going Out of the Silos, Into the Mines?

This report explores government sharing of personal information across ministries and services, or with the private sector for the provision of services. The report reviews material from many sources on government data sharing activities with a particular focus on privacy. There is no explicit or consensus framework for assessing or evaluating data sharing. While data sharing goes on in Canada it does so under the rather antique framework of public sector laws that ill equip privacy practitioners to deal with data mining realities of 2014. Meanwhile, there is ongoing discussion how or whether privacy expectations need adjustment to reflect the new reality of “big data”.

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6 Principles for Getting Information Sharing Right

Governments, public agencies, private organizations and the health sector may look to share citizens’ personal or health information to deliver social programs, community safety, health care and education, and to conduct research. Information sharing initiatives can include data matching,
joint access to databases, file duplication and other activities that enable more than one agency or organization to access, use and disclose personal information of citizens. As such, any information sharing initiative should thoroughly consider privacy and access to information implications and implement proper controls to minimize potential risks. Outlined in this report are six guiding principles for getting information sharing initiatives right.

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Smart Cities Council

Smart Cities Council

The Smart Cities Council envisions a world where digital technology and intelligent design have been harnessed to create smart, sustainable cities with high-quality living and high-quality jobs. To tap into the transformative power of smart technologies, cities need a trusted, neutral advisor. The Smart Cities Council provides that help. They are a network of leading companies advised by top universities, laboratories and standards bodies.

World Smart City

World Smart City

World Smart City is a partnership between the International Electrotechnical Commission, the International Organization for Standardization and the United Nations Agency for Technology. As the world’s foremost international standards organizations, their main objective is to help make smart cities a reality through a common approach founded on standards.

Smart Cities Association

Smart Cities Association

The Smart Cities Association is a non-profit organization founded by a community and industry experts among its members and partners platform who are committed for its growing strategy and development mission. The Smart Cities Association mission is to promote the smart cities roadmap and reference model through collaboration towards a truly digital and smart city transformation.


The City of Edmonton is running engagement sessions over the summer of 2018 using a Smart City Virtual Reality engagement app. The app was developed by a team of local tech enthusiasts, and the City is using it as a way to have an immersive experience around what some of the new smart city technology might be like in Edmonton’s near future.

Download this Android app and use your favourite virtual reality headset (such as Google Cardboard). The app is not available through the Google Play store while it is being pilot tested during the engagement sessions, so you will have to allow your phone to install an “unauthorized app,” which means it has not been entered into Google Play.

Please note that these are explorations of smart city ideas and not necessarily technology or partnerships the City is actively pursuing. This is intended to be a tool to improve digital literacy as well as promote discussion. We would like your feedback, please contact

  • This project was created by Ksenia Benifand and Joe Lang, in partnership with the Digital Enablement Section of City of Edmonton, and was managed through BetaCityYEG with assistance from David Rauch.
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The City of Edmonton has deployed an innovative way to monitor the City’s air quality. By using the digital platform IFTTT, interested citizens can receive notifications as to when Edmonton’s air quality changes according to the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). If you have a wifi-enabled lightbulb, you can connect with IFTTT to monitor the air quality from your home, school, or business.

The open-source code was first developed in Louisville, Kentucky, USA and was redeployed in Edmonton by a local developer associated with BetaCityYEG, Jan Mußenbrock. We partnered with local artist Dylan Toymaker (the lighting designer behind the Flying Canoe Festival and the Freezeway in Victoria Park) to design a light installation for us.

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