Data collected will help the Town make public spaces even better
, /CNW/ - Spring has officially sprung and with warmer weather around the corner, residents can get outside and enjoy all that has to offer including the Soofa solar-powered benches. The is proud to lead the way in innovative technologies by expanding its Soofa network with eight additional units throughout the downtown area. This is a big step forward towards being recognized as a smart city by using data-driven technology to improve quality of life.
The Soofa Bench is an innovative bench that charges mobile devices using solar power, while creating a social space for neighbours to gather. The Town unveiled its first Soofa bench in 2016 and is now expanding its network for smarter place making.
"We are proud to be the first in to embrace the Soofa technology and use it to enrich our public spaces," says Mayor . "This is a perfect fit for because it combines our leadership in innovation with our strong commitment to being an environmentally friendly community," says Mayor .
The expanded Soofa program enables to join the Soofa Beta Cities network along with a number of major cities in the US, including , , , and more. is the first municipality in to be a part of the network.
"Soofa is thrilled to expand into with our data product. has been a fantastic partner along the way and understands the impact and insight that technology and data can provide in building a smart, responsive and resourceful community," said , Soofa's CEO and co-founder.
The new Soofa Pro Benches include sensors that passively listen for wifi enabled devices (like smart phones), allowing the town to gather analytics without infringing on privacy. All data collected is encrypted and remains completely anonymous.
The data collected will allow the Town to better monitor how public spaces are being used, providing valuable analytics that will help inform future plans for the community and could have numerous benefits including increased economic development opportunities and enhanced service delivery.
This initiative is a partnership between the , Main Street District Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Buckley Insurance.
The is located in southern and is home to more than 85,000 residents. has consistently been named one of the Best Places to Live in by MoneySense Magazine and has garnered a reputation for being one of the country's most dynamic, diverse and desirable towns to live and work in. is also widely considered a progressive place committed to collaboration, creativity and innovation.
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Cision20 Mar 2018