Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Aug 13, 2018

CurrentNokia is teaming up with Current, powered by GE to bring cutting edge smart city technology to cities across Canada. The two companies have announced a commercial partnership that will help Canadian cities improve operational infrastructure and expand new services to citizens.

Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia will gain access to Current by GE’s CityIQ platform technology across Canada. The system will repurpose outdoor street lighting into digital infrastructure that collects data and distributes insights to cities via Nokia’s communications networks. It builds on Nokia’s expansion of its smart city capabilities, which includes a portfolio of network solutions designed to provide Internet-of-Things (IoT) connectivity to municipal and utility infrastructure.

The combined digital solution is expected to help cities gain new operational insights and will enable app development — using a “horizontal” platform that can support a wide variety of apps simultaneously — that can address common challenges like parking and traffic management, public safety enhancements and weather and air quality monitoring.

“There is tremendous interest in smart city technology throughout Canada, and this partnership will offer Canadian municipalities a scalable method to quickly respond to demographic and economic shifts,” says Shawn Sparling, Head of Canada Enterprise Sales for Nokia. “Responsive, flexible technology is key to creating smarter cities while enabling a safer and more sustainable environment.”
The collaboration complements Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which was announced earlier this year to spur development in new smart city initiatives. It encourages community leaders to team up with businesses, academia and civic organizations to design innovative digital solutions that improve residents’ quality of life. It also builds on Nokia’s recent agreement with Smart City Capital to foster smart city projects throughout Canada, by leveraging a $2 billion dedicated project fund and a pre-vetted ecosystem of partners.

Current by GE works with municipalities and utilities to install transformative digital technology that helps accelerate urban growth and development. Because CityIQ is an open and extensible data platform, it allows a wide variety of ecosystem developers to build new apps that positively impact citizens’ lives, both now and in the future. Current’s smart city technology is already being deployed in several U.S. cities, including San Diego, Atlanta and Portland, Oregon.

“We believe in the power of combined innovation,” says Austin Ashe, Current’s General Manager of Intelligent Cities.Ashe. “Our partnership with Nokia will help unlock new forms of smart city transformation and civic engagement that we can’t even imagine yet.”


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ESA Powerline SafetyThe invisible impact of powerlines should never be underestimated. In the past decade alone, 19 people in Ontario have lost their lives from overhead powerline contact. May 13 to 19 is Powerline Safety Week, which is meant to inform people across the province to stay vigilant of powerlines when doing work at home or on the job.

"Our work in raising awareness of powerline safety won't be finished until there are zero injuries or lives lost from contact," says Dr. Joel Moody, Chief Public Safety Officer, Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). "All it takes is a misstep or careless error to change the life of you, your colleagues or family."



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ABB Eco FactoryABB has an extensive portfolio of eco-efficient solutions and services that can help decouple economic growth from environmental impacts. In fact, over half of ABB's worldwide revenues are generated by technologies that combat the causes of climate change. The company’s goal is to increase this contribution from 57 percent in 2018 to 60 percent by 2020.

The company’s commitment to combatting climate change includes limiting the environmental impact of its own operations. ABB’s current target for climate action is to reduce its own GHG emissions by 40 percent by 2020 from a 2013 baseline.



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Wind Energy

Canada’s wind energy industry further expanded its installed capacity in 2018, while solidifying its status as the lowest-cost source of new electricity generation. Newly commissioned projects brought total national wind energy capacity to close to 13,000 megawatts (MW). Meanwhile, competitive auction results in Saskatchewan and Alberta confirmed the wind industry’s ability to continue to deliver record-low prices.

The six wind energy projects that were powered up in 2018 added 566 MW of installed capacity — a continuation of steady growth that contributed to an average annual growth rate of 20% per year since 2008.

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