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Kingston is a smart city, and we're looking for opportunities to get smarter.

Amongst hundreds of nominations from across the world, Kingston, was recognized as a Smart21 Intelligent Community in both 2013 and 2014 and was chosen as a 2014 Top7 Intelligent Community. 

The City of Kingston will become an even smarter city by following the Smart Kingston roadmap – better positioning us to compete in the 21st century digital economy. By learning from, and working with other best-practice Smart Cities, Kingston will continue to build  human, financial and digital resources to sustain high-growth and develop support systems to digitally transform and diversify our economy.

The City is working to build a smart, livable and leading city by identifying ideas that leverage technology to bring residents together to solve challenges together.

The projects on this page cover a broad range of fields but they also share a common feature: they're smart innovative solutions. Learn about Kingston's many Smart projects below.

Smart Kingston Strategy Deliverables

The Intelligent Community Forum(ICF) defined critical success factors for the creation of Intelligent Communities or Smart Cities based on the "Virtuous Circle Model." In addition to the elements identified by the ICF, the Smart City Strategy includes:

  • Guiding principles – These ensure outcomes meet expectations of all stakeholders including metrics for gauging suitability of models/options to be considered and recommended and reaching consensus on achievement of guiding principles with stakeholders.
  • Community collaboration model – This supports collaboration amongst stakeholders as they curate the development and implementation of the Smart Kingston Strategy.
  • Stakeholder consultations – Stakeholders will be interviewed regarding their views on what Kingston needs to do to become an Intelligent Community and to create inventory and catalogue of current and planned smart services, products, and applications.. 
  • A review of best-practice Smart Cities including profiles, deployments, costs and benefits for each city.  

The Virtuous Circle Model

In a study funded by the Province of Ontario, the Intelligent Community Forum defined critical success factors for the creation of Intelligent Communities – Smart Cities – based on the Virtuous Circle Model. This model was developed to reverse the "vicious circle" many communities have been trapped in due to globalization and digitization.

The Virtual Circle indicators outlined below serve to measure our success and act as a map for Kingston's journey to become ever smarter.

The six indicators of an intelligent community are as follows:

  1. Broadband infrastructure – a Smart City starts with broadband infrastructure. So, the first step is an assessment of the current state of broadband digital infrastructure in Kingston including mapping of user and provider networks, recording service-provider infrastructure deployment plans, and developing a technical roadmap for the City of Kingston. 
  2. Knowledge workforce – broadband infrastructure connects people who develop new products, services and applications.  So, the second step is an assessment of current state of the knowledge workforce in Kingston and recording of policies, programs and plans the City of Kingston has for the near future to attract, retain, and educate knowledge workers.
  3. Innovation Culture – new products, services and applications drive innovation.  So, step three is an assessment of innovative organizations, products, services, and applications today and in the pipeline for tomorrow.
  4. Digital Equality – the adoption of disruptive digital technologies leaves certain populations behind.  Thus, step four is a review of policies and programs that City of Kingston, libraries, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have in place to provide the support and tools for technically, socially, and economically disadvantaged citizens to assist them in gaining the opportunity to participate in the digital economy.  
  5. Sustainable ecosystem – a sustainable economy and society are based on an ecosystem of persons, places and things in an interconnected web.  Step five, therefore, is an assessment of sustainability of the ecosystem of organizations, workforce, technology, and citizens necessary to foster an innovative digital economy.
  6. Community advocacy – a Smart City effectively communicates with external and internal audiences to build awareness and encourage participation to make the ecosystem increasingly more resilient and beneficial to all.  The sixth and last step, is an assessment of community policies and programs that promote being an Intelligent Community internally for the purposes of increasing the awareness and participation rate of organizations and citizens in the digital economy, and externally for the purposes of attracting skilled workers, investment capital and startup and relocation of new businesses.

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