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Orillia-Bell Partner On Smart City Initiative

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

The pilot project will include public Wi-Fi in the Downtown BIA and in Couchiching Beach Park.

Orillia's plan to become a smart city is now a reality.

Council last night (MON) ratified a deal with Bell on a pilot project.

The project will include enhanced services for residents and visitors to the city, establish a public wi-fi network in the downtown and the waterfront, and two kiosks to serve as wayfinding, business directory, and community events listings.

As well,  a web application will be developed for residents to monitor the progress of snowplowing.

Mayor Steve Clark says it is a one-year test on an innovative Internet of Things (IOT).

He says this will allow Orillia to become smarter, faster, and more cost efficient on how the City operates.

Clark says they have also partnered with Bell to install fibre optic cable throughout the city.

He says those two things will allow residents to have internet capabilities that they did not have before.

Clark says if Orillia wants to be relevant in a global economy, you have to have the technology in place.

He says the City will be seen as innovative and will have the infrastructure in place to attract new business.

The kiosk and wi-fi is expected to launch this summer with other solutions to be implement later this year or next spring.


o   A centralized and comprehensive view of connected city services enabling improved collaboration between City departments, improved operating efficiencies and enhanced services for city residents and visitors.


o   A public Wi-Fi network in the Downtown Business Improvement Area and along the city’s waterfront in Couchiching Beach Park.


o   Two multi-function digital kiosks that will provide touchscreen directional wayfinding and promote local businesses and events to residents and visitors to the city.


o   A fleet management application to provide real-time data collection and analysis of the City’s snowplow operations and the development of a web application for residents to monitor plowing progress.


o   A monitoring application to detect the volume of ground water infiltration into the City’s sanitary sewer system. This will help to reduce unnecessary treatment of ground water at the City’s wastewater treatment plant by pinpointing cost effective repairs to sanitary pipes.

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