Briefing

Markham mayor says city to be a ‘living lab’ for Bell, IBM smart-city research

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IBM’s data analytics and sensors combined with Bell’s broadband network will be used to detect leaking water pipes and flooding, plus track energy consumption at city properties and municipal equipment, among other things. The test will run for six months. (Canadian Press)

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Talking point: Mayor Frank Scarpitti said restricting the project to municipal assets will help it avoid the privacy and data ownership controversies that the Sidewalk Toronto project has faced. Markham already has a number of tech tenants, including IBM’s Canadian headquarters, which contains local incubator ventureLab. The city has a long history with the sector, and hosts the offices of multinationals like AMD, Lenovo and Toshiba. But, as The Logic highlighted in a December 2018 briefing, the growth in the region’s technology employment has come from more software jobs in downtown Toronto, while the predominantly hardware-focused work in surrounding cities like Markham and Mississauga has declined.