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Smart Surrey

The Smart Cities Challenge

In 2018, Surrey and Vancouver submitted a joint application for the Smart Cities Challenge, an Infrastructure Canada nationwide competition encouraging cities to share their best ideas to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology. View our application.

Smart Surrey

The City of Surrey is working towards building a Smart City. Our Smart Surrey Strategy outlines how technology and innovation are considered in our existing and future plans, programs and infrastructure.

The Smart Surrey Strategy, currently being updated, provides a foundation upon which the City will continue to enhance our efforts to integrate innovative, tech-savvy city building approaches. It could even lead to us winning $50 million through the Smart Cities Challenge.

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:

  • The Smart Surrey Broadband Strategy aims to help the city stay competitive with increasing broadband demands.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our future Organic Waste Biofuel Processing 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.

Top Ten Finalist: ICF 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year

The City of Surrey was named a 2016 Top 7 Intelligent Community by New York-based think-tank, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). Read about Surrey's placement in the Top 7.

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