CGDI Initiatives

GeoConnections has partners with many organizations to develop key pilot projects that will provide best practices for the management of geospatial data.

2017-2018 Initiatives

Project: Open Smart Cities in Canada

Lead Proponent: Open North Inc.

Project Location: Ontario

GeoConnections Contribution: $109,735

Project Total: $177,350

Theme: Innovative adoption and further development of CGDI in Canada’s urban environments (also known as Smart Cities)

Project Objective and Expected Results

The objective of this project is to develop a guideline for interoperable Open Data and Smart City deployment policies, practices, standards and systems to inform smart city procurement processes, and support their implementation in ways that ensure the maintenance and updating of geospatial data in compliance with global standards. Through this guideline, the project aims to increase awareness of tools, processes, and procedures to produce open geospatial data, and aid in determining the priority data that will become public and contribute to the Smart Cities Initiative.  The expected results are:

  • Creation of a gap analysis of Open Data standards and policies in Smart City systems.
  • Development of a Canadian Open Smart City Assessment Report that will be presented and disseminated to City networks and associations.
  • Development of an inter-jurisdictional framework and the Policy and Technological Guidelines for City managers to be shared via a webinar.

This project will engage key cities and provinces in a structured engagement process that will lead to open geospatial guidelines and standards for Smart Cities that could be scaled across Canada for cities of all sizes. The project will help Canadian cities to increase their awareness of tools, processes, and procedures to produce open geospatial data, and will contribute to the development of national policies, standards and mechanisms in relation to open municipal data. The project will be informed by expert professionals and Open Data specialists in urban administrations and the Province of Ontario, which governs some of Canada’s largest cities. This will insure that the analysis and recommendations can be operationalized by cities across Canada in accordance with global best practices. The implementation of these guidelines and recommendations will create enabling conditions for increased service delivery efficiency, as well as creating greater access to Open Data for both the public and private sectors.

Project: Geospatial Decision Support Platform

Lead Proponent: AMITA Corporation

Project Location: Toronto, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia

GeoConnections Contribution: $180,000

Project Total: $202,298

Theme: Innovative adoption and further development of CGDI in Canada’s urban environments (also known as Smart Cities)

Project Objective and Expected Results

The objective of this project is to develop a Geospatial Decision Support Platform (GDSP) to enable city planners the ability to answer advanced geospatial questions through Open Data. The GDSP is to target everyday problems of managing a city, specifically the questions that affect the efficiency of municipal operations and ensure minimal impact to citizens and businesses. Expected results include:

  • The production of user and system test reports for 2 prototype systems and the delivery of a Minimum Viable Product of the Geospatial Decision Support Platform.
  • The development and testing of the GDSP in conjunction with Canadian cities.
  • The identification of key requirements for geospatial solutions and the development of question sets that will be the basis of GDSP knowledge.
  • Securing and connecting data sets from the municipalities via the GDSP to beta test the GSDP and implement any revisions.

This project will demonstrate how geospatial based solutions are cost effective and efficient, thus fueling the demand for geospatial data, applications and standards while keeping Canada at the leading edge of accessing, sharing and using geospatial information over the Internet.

Project: Smart Citizens for Smart Communities: IoT-based Smart Cities Sensor Networks for Canadian Cities and Arctic Communities

Lead Proponent: SensorUp Inc.

Project Location: Calgary, Alberta

GeoConnections Contribution: $350,000

Project Total: $621,570

Theme: Innovative adoption and further integration of sensor data with the CGDI in Canada’s Arctic (also known as Sensor Web or Internet of Things)

Project Objective and Expected Results

The objectives of this project are: to demonstrate that Smart Cities Internet of Things (IoT) platforms can be developed efficiently and effectively with Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards and become an integral part of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) and Arctic SDI; to demonstrate interoperability through implementing standards and policies based on citizen sensing data from multiple Canadian cities and northern communities; to empower Smart Citizens by collecting and understanding data through IoT sensor nodes and publishing data through the application of OGC standards and open data policies; and to create, promote, sustain and grow the SC_Squared Open Source and an Open Data community to sustain geospatial IoT data and compatibility with global standards. The expected results for this project are:

  • Establishment of the Smart Citizens for Smart Communities Sensor Network (SC_Squared) platform. SC_Squared will connect 500 citizen-based IoT nodes across ten Canadian communities including northern communities using OGC standard SensorThings API;
  • Delivery of air quality monitoring data and the analysis of results from 1,500 sensor data streams continuously, as open data in real-time using OGC standards SensorThings API and WMS;
  • Recruitment of 500 citizens from 10 Canadian cities/northern communities to install air quality monitoring sensors and monitor air quality information via the SC_Squared platform. These Smart Citizens are expected to increase citizen understanding of Smart Cities and spawn citizen participation; and,
  • Development of SC_Squared software libraries, using OGC SensorThings API, for accessing the sensor information; and release the source code of SC_Squared software libraries via Eclipse Whiskers and public GitHub code repository, under open source licenses.

This project will deliver an open standards based IoT Network for air quality monitoring and analysis. Through this project, CGDI will help cities and communities overcome the fragmented market and island solutions they are facing. This project will increase the awareness of the benefits of using standards based geospatial data and tools to achieve goals for social, economic and environmental priorities.