Rogers launches expanded suite of smart city and IoT solutions

Canadian technology and media company Rogers Business is launching a suite of smart cities and smart buildings internet of things (IoT) solutions to meet the growing infrastructure needs of municipalities and organisations.

Rogers Business Smart Cities and Smart Buildings division will work with a broad ecosystem of providers to deliver the solutions that will range from water leak detection sensors to artificial intelligence-powered traffic signal capabilities.

Smart city research

Research carried out by analyst IDC and commissioned by Rogers, showed that communities investing in smart city solutions will be better prepared to respond to both current and future challenges.

The IDC Info Snapshot also found that smart technology in cities and infrastructure can improve efficiency, deliver up to 70 per cent in cost-savings and bring environmental benefits to communities.

“As we look to the future, digital connectivity will play a crucial role in urban planning and the sustainability of our communities, from small towns to large city centres,” said Ron McKenzie, president, Rogers Business. “We’re proud to work with an ecosystem of IoT solution providers and deliver managed services to help our customers build smarter, safer, more efficient communities today and for generations to come.”

Nigel Wallis, research vice president, IoT and industries, IDC, said its studies indicate that the fiscal, environmental, and social challenges faced by cities will continue to be a destabilising influence, “increasing the importance of expanding and strengthening new digital capabilities”.

He added: “The use of smart, connected IoT solutions such as connected sensors for monitoring vehicle and pedestrian traffic or water leak detection, helps communities to make better decisions faster, improves civic sustainability, and better serves local citizens.”

New solutions in the portfolio that will be powered by the Rogers network include:

smart water management: working with Ayyeka to leverage real-time alerts on water and wastewater infrastructure to monitor water levels, maximise water quality, and improve response time
smart parking: working with Cleverciti to deliver an AI-powered parking guidance solution that cuts traffic congestion and emissions, supports local business growth, and boosts parking revenues
smart traffic: working with NoTraffic to digitise urban intersections through an autonomous traffic management platform, to improve safety and traffic efficiency for all road users
mixed fleet management: working with Titan GPS to efficiently manage service vehicles, winter fleets and heavy equipment with solutions that minimise fuel usage, provide engine diagnostics and route efficiency
transit fleet management: working with ISR Transit to help transit fleets run more safely and efficiently by optimising routes, reducing trips, and provide precise ETAs to encourage more people to use public transit.
smart buildings: working with partners including IES Ventures on an indoor air quality monitoring and purification solution; Caliber Communications on smart security; Metro Technology on smart washrooms; Corum Digital Corporation on digital signage; and Eddy Solutions on water leak detection.