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Brampton globally recognized as a Smart City focused on citizens


BRAMPTON, ON – 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 two Brampton projects connect technology, performance measurement, and service satisfaction:

• The Automatic Vehicle Monitoring (AVM) system allows Brampton Transit to monitor vehicles’ 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 Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) system is specific to all other City vehicles (not buses or fire trucks), tracks vehicle movement and gathers environmental data to improve service delivery, including winter operations and by-law enforcement.

The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect, Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize global smart cities 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, this dynamic 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, and private and public sectors.

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“Smart City technology helps a large urban environment like Brampton to build solutions around our citizens. 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.”
Mayor Patrick Brown

“Brampton’s approach to service delivery reflects a commitment to community engagement and continuous improvement. These awards demonstrate our focus on Smart City solutions to shape, support and manage the diverse needs of our residents.” 
Joseph Pittari, Acting CAO/Corporate Services Commissioner
 
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Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.
 
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Natalie Stogdill
Senior Advisor, Public Relations, City of Brampton