TELUS Helps Make Cities Smarter
TELUS’ Smart City solutions are empowering municipalities, businesses and, organizations to leverage technology and data in new ways to benefit residents’ health and safety, meet sustainability goals, and increase operational efficiencies. Currently, TELUS has deployed technologies, such as Internet of Things (IoT) to enable Smart City solutions in more than 65 municipalities across Canada. These solutions help city officials track infrastructure usage, save energy with intelligent lighting systems, improve traffic flow, decrease emergency response times, and much more. For residents, the result is a faster commute, getting the help they need faster in an emergency, safer neighbourhoods and public spaces, and even cleaner air to breathe.
In addition to the 65 communities already deploying Smart City technology across Canada, TELUS continues to test and innovate with several active pilot projects that are expanding the capabilities of our technology in both major metropolitan areas and less densely populated rural communities. These projects fall within four foundational pillars:
- Intelligent Transportation: Sensors, cameras, and other devices that are built into or near roads, sidewalks, and bike paths, that provide data for innovative software to improve traffic flow in real-time. This data also helps to better inform decisions around infrastructure and city planning, fleet optimization, and economic drivers like tourism hot spots.
- Operational & Environmental Sustainability: Increasing a municipality’s operational efficiencies not only saves time, money, and human resources but helps to contribute to municipalities’ sustainability goals. These Smart City solutions include connected lighting, energy management, environmental sensors, and asset tracking.
- Public Safety and Security: Smart City solutions that contribute to public safety and security include advanced video systems that provide not only on-premise security but video and data analytics. Crucially, these systems aid in emergency response and event management scenarios, allowing for faster response times and better public safety outcomes.
Public Health: In a time when public health is at the forefront of both resident's and municipalities' minds, connected devices can aid in decision-making through virtual care solutions, reducing the burden on our health system. For example, thermal imaging technology that can help provide alerts of potential health concerns to reduce the spread of infection. Smart City technologies help to keep communities healthy.
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