Infrastructure services make a city "livable." These fundamental services, both necessities and comforts for citizens and businesses, include utilities such as water and energy, as well as transportation and environmental areas.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities, along with three industry partners, released a report on municipal infrastucture in 123 communities across the country. The inaugural Canadian Infrastructure Report Card 2012 (PDF, 3,1MB) examined the current status of four primary asset categories of municipal infrastructure, including municipal roads, drinking water systems, wastewater, and storm water networks; the ratings for these infrastructure assets were "fair" or "poor.
According to the FCM, the report's overall findings indicated that "...Canada's municipal infrastructure is at risk, with more than half of municipal roads requiring significant repairs and one in four wastewater plants needing major upgrades." The report stressed the need for municipalities have an asset-management system in place, and to move quickly to address these issues and avoid further delay:
Smarter water management creates a holistic view of water and wastewater across departments, silos and systems by aggregating, integrating and visualizing key data such as consumption, quality, flow and pressure. Visit the Smarter Water Management site and explore water solutions for cities.
Smarter Water Southern Ontario Water Consortium uses an IBM big data and analytics platform to deliver insight to help guide future management of watersheds.
The Water Cost Index uses advanced analytics to help answer the global question “How much does water cost?"
Into and around the city, people and goods are always moving. Intelligent transportation systems improve capacity, enhance travel experiences and make moving anything safer, more efficient and more secure. Traffic managers gain citywide visibility to help alleviate congestion and rapidly respond to incidents. Visit the Smarter Transportation site and explore transportation solutions for cities.
Social media is the new public forum, creating an opportunity for a new level of responsiveness from city leaders.
A smarter mobility solution could mean less congested roads, better infrastructures and more pleasant commutes.
The smart grid uses digital sensors, advanced communication networks and sophisticated analytics to help utilities understand demand in near real time, more effectively manage supply and demand, and put greater control of energy usage into the hands of consumers. Visit IBM's Smart Grid site and explore energy solutions for cities.
Flexible, efficient smart grid technology is being developed to create lower-cost, reliable electricity for the future.
In Denmark, the island of Bornholm held a pilot program that used wind energy to power electric vehicles.