Waterfront Toronto has been working hard on many initiatives to make not only our lakefront area better, but also improve our whole city. We’ve told you about some of their ongoing projects, like helping Toronto become an Intelligent Community, and the development of George Brown’s brand new waterfront campus. Last September, Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership with IBM to continue making Toronto a smarter city.
In particular, Waterfront Toronto is partnering with Element Blue, one of IBM’s software companies. They will provide cloud computing and social business software, as well as the IBM Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) for Smarter Cities. This is a platform that integrates multiple data sources in real time to find opportunities for social collaboration for the waterfront.
The software has already been put into action and Waterfront Toronto’s partnership with IBM has led to the development of the New Blue Edge Portal. This is a real-time platform that lets you know what’s going on at the waterfront as it happens, from construction alerts to traffic patterns. People planning to visit the area can also look into where to shop, eat, and play along the waterfront.
As one of the largest infrastructure projects in North America, Waterfront Toronto has really embraced innovation and technology. All the data being tracked will go into informing the future decisions of our city. This is a great opportunity for Toronto to become a thought leader in the development of smarter cities all around the world.