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Canadian City Plans IoT Pilots With New LoRa Infrastructure

The city of Fredericton will offer an open data portal for its residents, local entrepreneurs and public employees, which includes data such as the level of the river, car occupancy in handicapped spaces and water consumption in buildings, using IoT network from eleven-x.
By Claire Swedberg

The city wanted to start with the big picture, Bell says, and that was providing the infrastructure for IoT-based solutions. By building a system providing connectivity throughout the city center, and even collecting data from sensors, other companies can begin building their own solutions, and can work with eleven-x to start their own applications.

With regard to parking, Fredericton is installing sensors in the road surface at each of its downtown handicapped spaces. The city already has 18 parking sensors installed at spaces. The sensors can detect each time a car parks above one, then forwards that data, along with its unique ID, to the LoRaWAN gateways. That data is then captured by the city's cloud-based software.

Ryan Hickey
With that data, the city could determine which spaces are most actively used, which are not used often at all and which are used during specific seasons. In that way, they could better allocate the spaces where they are most needed. However, Bell says, an entrepreneur could use that data to create other solutions, such as allowing drivers with physical disabilities to access real-time parking information.

To deal with flooding, the city intends to install an ultrasonic distance sensor under a footbridge that crosses the Saint John River. The sensor will measure the distance to the water's surface, then forward that data to the city's server via LoRaWAN. The software will thus be ale to detect how high the river level is, as well as identify any potential flooding. That information could be made available to the public, and could also help prompt emergency operations for a faster response.

Sensors in ball parks and other areas could measure water saturation in lawns, then transmit data about the conditions of those fields, based on those measurements, at any given time, in order to help city personnel manage those sites, as well as inform sports managers about playing conditions. The city is also preparing to test smart metering sensors for water management. Initially, the city may install such a sensor at a local ice rink to help facility personnel monitor how water is used.

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