Smart Cities

Residents test air quality from their own backyards

If you’re sensing smoke in the air, you’re not the only one. Several air quality sensors throughout the city are reporting poor air quality due to the B.C. fires that have been rampaging through B.C. since July 7.

The sensors are part of a pilot project under St. Albert’s smart city initiative.

Coral Taylor, presenter from SensorUp, says the sensors are so sensitive that it can change from good air quality to poor air quality just by barbecuing in the backyard.

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St. Albert Looks for Federal Smart-City Funding

St. Albert’s smart-city initiatives are on the national radar after Coun. Cathy Heron addressed a parliamentary committee this week, and she’s hopeful more funding could be on the way.

Heron, accompanied by smart city manager Travis Peter, spoke Thursday morning with members of the federal standing committee on transport, infrastructure and communities on behalf of the city and of the Alberta Smart City Alliance.

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Council Approves Smart City Master Plan

St. Albert council has approved its Smart City Master Plan after lengthy debates on several amendments.

The plan’s approval at the Oct. 3 meeting paves the way for capital project charters for two-dozen items indicated in the plan to come to council over the next couple of years during budget deliberations.

The plan describes a smart city as “an urban area that solves its core issues through innovation and collaboration, and that applies new technologies and data for the benefit of all.”

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Smart City Plan Unveiled

St. Albert’s smart city master plan is set to make its debut.

A draft version of the smart city master plan, with a staff recommendation to have one more month of consultation before finalizing the document, was due in front of council at Tuesday’s council meeting. The meeting took place after press time.

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