Im­prov­ing Thorn­hill through tech

San­dra Yeung Racco Thorn­hill Ward 4 Coun­cil­lor

Thornhill Post - - News -

The City of Vaughan is in the midst of ex­plor­ing ma­jor city­build­ing ini­tia­tives. Find­ing new ways to adapt to change, im­prove the cit­i­zen ex­pe­ri­ence and en­hance the qual­ity of life are vi­tal. With the pop­u­la­tion ex­pected to sur­pass 400,000 in the next 10 years, the City of Vaughan has es­tab­lished a Smart City Ad­vi­sory Task Force, which will be re­spon­si­ble for gen­er­at­ing ideas on how the city can seize op­por­tu­ni­ties and meet new chal­lenges.

Com­mu­ni­ties that em­brace tech­nol­ogy and ad­vanced data an­a­lyt­ics to achieve lifestyle ben­e­fits for res­i­dents, ro­bust eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and more ef­fi­cient gov­er­nance within a safe and healthy en­vi­ron­ment are bet­ter po­si­tioned as fu­ture growth cen­tres.

Some of these ini­tia­tives can in­clude first re­spon­der apps and traf­fic sen­sors, which can help re­di­rect traf­fic for bet­ter flow and less car­bon diox­ide emis­sions in high pedes­trian ar­eas.

A ma­jor goal for the task force is to re­ceive cit­i­zen in­put to iden­tify fu­ture smart city strate­gies for pri­or­i­tized projects such as the Vaughan Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cen­tre and cus­tomer ser­vice im­prove­ments, which will ben­e­fit Thorn­hill res­i­dents trav­el­ling in and out of the re­gion by tran­sit.

The city is also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s Smart Cities Chal­lenge, which calls on com­mu­ni­ties to ad­dress lo­cal is­sues and form new part­ner­ships through the use of data and con­nected tech­nol­ogy. The Smart Cities Chal­lenge is an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther use tech­nol­ogy and in­for­ma­tion to im­prove ser­vices for all res­i­dents of Vaughan.

Thorn­hill Ward 4 coun­cil­lor San­dra Yeung Racco

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