The City of Brampton has been honoured with two Smart 50 Awards for transformative projects that contribute to resident quality of life through continuous improvement of city operations. Initiated in 2017, the projects connect technology, performance measurement and service satisfaction.
The first, the Automatic Vehicle Monitoring (AVM) system allows Brampton Transit to monitor vehicle health status to increase the reliability and state-of-good-repair of the city’s bus fleet. The system improves service reliability, while also improving the rider experience, by preventing mechanical breakdown and reducing unexpected road calls.
The other project, the Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system is specific to all other city vehicles ezxcept buses or fire trucks. It tracks vehicle movement and gathers environmental data to improve service delivery, including winter operations and bylaw enforcement.
The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation and U.S. Ignite, annually recognize global smart city projects to honour the most innovative and influential work.
Guided by the technology lens of Brampton’s 2040 Vision, the city’s digital innovation and information technology division created a Smart Cities unit. Tasked with creating a strategy and framework, the team is enabling the city to take command of how technology shapes Brampton. By challenging traditional city building, the Smart City strategy creates a shared responsibility and opportunities for collaboration among the community including private and public sectors.
“Smart City technology helps a large urban environment like Brampton to build solutions around our citizens,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “The use of the AVL system in recent winter events allows staff to effectively manage the city’s response during a storm – it helps us determine which areas require service, the type or priority of service, and identify the vehicles providing the service. It’s another way we’re able to keep Brampton moving, safely.”