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Google’s Sister Company ‘Sidewalk Labs’ Planning to Convert Canada into High-Tech Smart City

The utopia-style area in Toronto's eastern waterfront would set a new standard for urban life in the 21st century, he said

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The utopia-style area in Toronto's eastern waterfront would set a new standard for urban life in the 21st century, he said. Wikimedia Commons

Google’s sister company Sidewalk Labs has revealed a massive plan for investing about $990 million to build a waterfront area in Toronto, Canada into a high-tech smart city.

Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said the company is releasing the draft Master Innovation and Development Plan for Toronto’s eastern waterfront, titled “Toronto Tomorrow: A New Approach for Inclusive Growth” after 18 months of preparations.

He said the project will be a joint collaboration between government agencies at various levels, non-profit partners and more than 100 Toronto firms, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.

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Sidewalk Labs has revealed a massive plan for investing about $990 million to build a waterfront area in Toronto, Canada into a high-tech smart city. Wikimedia Commons

Under the plan of the Alphabet-owned company, a slice of the Toronto-based Quayside waterfront area will be turned into a high-tech smart city featuring buildings made from timbers, green energy, low emissions of greenhouse gas, a modular pavement system that is easy to repurpose for future temporary events, and installation of public WiFi service.

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Doctoroff said when the project of a smart city within a city, a vision long championed by Alphabet CEO Larry Page, is completed by 2040, it will directly create 44,000 jobs and generate $3.26 billion in annual tax revenue, plus an annual gross domestic product of $10.78 billion.

He called the master plan one that would produce the most innovative district in the world, which would reflect nearly every dimension of urban life, from mobility, sustainability, public realm and buildings to digital innovation. The utopia-style area in Toronto’s eastern waterfront would set a new standard for urban life in the 21st century, he said. Alphabet Inc. is the owner of Google and Sidewalk. (IANS)

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Pune to Partner with UNSW, Sydney in a Bid to Plan ‘Smart and Accessible City’

In collaboration with the UNSW-Sydney, the corporation hosted a workshop titled "Planning Smart, Healthy and Accessible Cities" here on Friday

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File:Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of Smart Cities Mission, Pune. Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to plan a “smart and accessible city”, the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Ltd. (PSCDCL) has partnered with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney that would help the city fulfill its digital innovation agenda with big-data analytics.

Pune has already established itself as a leader in innovative and sustainable use of information and communications technology (ICT) for transforming governance and delivery of municipal services.

“UNSW takes pride in the cutting-edge and rigorous research work it undertakes. The university has forged strong collaborations with Australian government departments, as well as with countries abroad so that students can work on research with a real-life application approach. This Pune initiative furthers this endeavour,” Amit Dasgupta, India Director, UNSW, said in a statement on Saturday.

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In collaboration with the UNSW-Sydney, the corporation hosted a workshop titled “Planning Smart, Healthy and Accessible Cities” here on Friday. Wikimedia Commons

In collaboration with the UNSW-Sydney, the corporation hosted a workshop titled “Planning Smart, Healthy and Accessible Cities” here on Friday.

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UNSW Sydney has come together with PSCDCL to develop the city as a “Living Lab”‘ – to explore and equip Pune with an advanced smart-city infrastructure, replete with a set of toolkit, platform and models enabling the corporation and local public and private stakeholders to collaborate in a digital environment.

“Practical applications of the use of big-data analytics tools during the workshop would allow public policymakers to visualise and test possible future-city growth scenarios,” said the university. The feedback and lessons from the workshop would help development localised educational material and training modules focused on smart cities and big data. (IANS)