Im­prov­ing Thorn­hill through tech

Richmond Hill Post - - News | Local Politics - San­dra Ye­ung Racco Thorn­hill Ward 4 Coun­cil­lor

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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