City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec
"With the Smart Cities project, we will be able to keep patients at home, keep them in a healthy, secure environment and keep them out of the hospital if they don't need to be here."
– Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO, Integrated Health and Social Services, University Network for West-Central Montreal
"We can start to do something to makes everybody's lives better today."
– Walter, Pilot Project Participant
"The future is technology. I would like to see that: I'm counting the days."
– Herbert, Pilot Project
In the face of a rapidly aging population, the City of Côte Saint-Luc will implement a connected framework, leveraging smart devices and related technologies that will empower seniors to:
- live more safely and independently in their homes;
- be better connected to their communities and city services;
- be more socially engaged,
Improving the overall well-being and quality of life for older adults and reducing stress on families and caregivers, the healthcare system, and long-term care facilities.Footnote 1
Spaces in nursing homes and senior residences are limited and these accommodations often cost more than seniors can afford. Many seniors prefer to continue living in their own homes and apartments. This puts them at risk, especially if they have health concerns, live alone, or have a limited support network.
More than 25% of all seniors in Canada live alone where there is often no one to watch over them to intervene when a problem arises. Our city offers many senior programs, but we feel it crucial to find technological ways to connect with isolated seniors.
We seek to implement a comprehensive yet cost effective solution that will provide peace of mind, security, and support for those who need it. It must be easy to use and affordable.
Our solution will help seniors who live alone by installing home monitoring sensors, GPS tracking, fall sensors and environmental sensors. It will use AI techniques to identify problems and share information gleaned with community, city and health services.
It will allow us to know if the person living alone is okay, or not okay, and will route "situation analysis" reports to appropriate service organizations so that they can deliver timely intervention.
The Finalist's Perspective
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The smart cities challenge is a competition that called in Canadian communities to explore how data and connected technology can achieve meaningful outcomes for residence.
On screen: Smart Cities Challenge
$10M category - City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec
Tell us about your team and your community
Mitchell Brownstein ($10M, Mayor, City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec): we're going for the 10 million dollar price and our team consist of the entire city. We're all working together, all the departments, we have Mark Shrike who is our technical director, we have our city manager here today Tanya Abramovitch, I'm the mayor of Côte Saint-Luc. So everybody's involve in this project. So we have a very large senior population over like 1/3rd of our population and we want to use technology to make sure that they can live safely and independently for a longtime in their home because it improves their quality of life.
On screen: Why did you enter the challenge?
Mitchell Brownstein ($10M, Mayor, City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec): We entered that challenge because it's been our mission since 1964. We were the first city that has a volunteering emergency medical services, we have volunteers that is on patrol and we have all type of services for seniors. So, this is a logical extension to what we do best.
On screen: Challenge statement: Our city will provide socially isolated seniors with confidence they can live more autonomously, secure in the knowledge that the city is looking out for their well-being.
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The Jury's Perspective
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My name is Brent Bellamy. I'm an architect and an advocate for city-building from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The opportunity to be part of the "Smart Cities Challenge" was really inspiring to me, because I wanted to be, I wanted to see how Canadians dream and I wanted to know, the opportunity to be able to see how, what people hope for their communities was something that really attracted me and it was a great opportunity to see how we, what we want Canada to be and our communities and our cities in particular, in the future.
The jury was inspired by the proposal of Côte-Saint-Luc, because it addressed an issue that all Canadians face, across the country, from coast to coast to coast, the hope is that we all get old and that we are all seniors at some point, but all of us are also, we know seniors, they are part of our family and to address aging is something that will be transformative for everybody in the country. If we are able to solve the issue of living in place and allowing seniors to live independently, more freely in their own homes for longer in their lives I think it adds, it will improve the quality of life for seniors and it will help to take some of the burden off of our stressed healthcare system in the country. So we were really inspired by the idea of prolonging the quality of life for seniors and other people with needs in their own home, and so we were really inspired by that and I think hopefully it will be something that can transform the lives of many Canadians as we age.
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City of Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec
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From final proposal submitted March 5, 2019.
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