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The Smart Cities Challenge

The City of Surrey and the City of Vancouver were selected as finalists in the Smart Cities Challenge for our joint plans to enhance mobility in the region.

The winner of the Smart Cities Challenge $50-million prize will be announced on May 14, 2019.

Smart Cities Application

Our final Smart Cities Challenge application, submitted on March 5, 2019, outlines how Surrey and Vancouver plan to implement Canada’s first two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors by leveraging autonomous (driverless) vehicles and smart technologies, including:

  • Smart Traffic Signals
  • Smart Parking
  • Smart Street Lights
  • Advanced Data and Analytics

Learn more about Surrey and Vancouver's Smart Cities Challenge bid.

Smart Surrey Strategy

Surrey's Smart Surrey Strategy outlines how technology and innovation are considered in our existing and future plans, programs and infrastructure. It provides a foundation upon which the City will continue to enhance our efforts to integrate innovative, tech-savvy city building approaches.

What is a Smart City?

A Smart City creates sustainable economic development and a high quality of life for its residents by considering innovation and technological advancements as a key ingredient in its decision making, strategy and investment.

Smart Cities have the potential to improve every aspect of community life such as how people move around, earn a living, learn and participate in society, interact with the natural environment, and create and enjoy safe public spaces.

Smart City Initiatives in Surrey

Some of the key initiatives covered in the Smart Surrey Strategy are listed below:

  • Surrey City Energy has been established to implement and operate district energy systems within the City in defined neighbourhoods.
  • Our Traffic Management Centre allows adjustments of traffic signals based on real-time traffic flow. It is the most advanced municipal centre of its kind in BC.
  • The Smart Surrey Broadband Strategy aims to help the city stay competitive with increasing broadband demands.
  • Our Open Data Catalogue, comprising more data sets than any other municipality in Canada, is available for and includes datasets on crime, financial information and restaurant inspections.
  • Our Citywide Wi-Fi initiative offers free at more than 60 key locations throughout the city, including recreation centres, parks, civic buildings and public spaces.
  • The My Surrey App is a convenient way for residents to engage and interact with the city. There are additional mobile apps as well dedicated to library services, digital mapping, waste collection and more.
  • The Surrey Biofuel Facility processes the city’s organic waste into a renewable fuel to power Surrey’s waste collection vehicles.
  • Innovation Boulevard is an agile partnership of health, business, higher education and government.

View more City of Surrey Plans & Strategies.

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