Rogers

Wireless network operator boosts smart city capabilities

15 July 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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Rogers and bciti have embarked on a strategic collaboration to roll out smart city municipal services in Canada.

Under the partnership, services from smart city platform provider bciti will be delivered by Rogers, which operates Canada’s only national wireless network and specialises in 5G and IoT connectivity.

The development will allow for remote access to municipal services and information, from the home or via smartphone.

“Now more than ever, it is vital for cities and local government leaders to keep Canadians connected to the latest information and services from anywhere, at any time,” said Dean Prevost, president of Rogers for Business.

“Through this collaboration with bciti, Rogers is helping Canadian cities and their governments keep residents connected and informed with 24/7 digital access to a full range of municipal services, as well as real-time community alerts.”

The platform and mobile app seamlessly integrate with existing city websites and allow users to submit and track requests in real-time and view upcoming community events and meetings.

Through the bciti ecoLocal™ feature, community businesses can sell products through the app for in-store pickup or home delivery from a local partner.

The app also includes an intelligent dashboard that anticipates residents’ needs based on analytics driven by city data and AI.

“During critical periods such as the Covid-19 health crisis, the need for Canadian cities to get closer to their citizens becomes even more important,” said Vivianne Gravel, CEO, bciti.

“We are excited to launch this strategic alliance with Rogers to deliver these essential smart city services to Canadian cities; together we will unlock the full potential of digital transformation and place Canada on a path to success in the new smart city landscape.”