Côte Saint-Luc tackles social isolation of seniors with sensors and AI in proposal to Government of Canada Smart Cities Challenge contest

The SHARED InitiativeThe City of Côte Saint-Luc has submitted an application to the Government of Canada Smart Cities Challenge detailing how it would help socially isolated seniors with a network of stationary and mobile sensors, and track the environmental vital signs of the city.

The Senior Health and Real-time Environmental Data (SHARED) Initiative would give participating seniors personal GPS tracking/fall sensors for their home. The sensors would monitor things like whether the person has gotten out of bed or opened the fridge in the last day. Failing to do so would trigger an alert that could be followed up by the city or other partner organizations. The SHARED Initiative would also create a city-wide sensor grid to monitor noise, air pollutants and other environmental factors.

The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition open to all municipalities, local or regional governments, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The Canadian government is offering prizes for the winning cities. In its category, Côte Saint-Luc is eligible for a $10 million prize, which will be awarded to a city that addresses local issues their residents face through new partnerships, using a smart cities approach.

“I am very proud of the efforts of Councillor Dida Berku, who is the council member responsible for citizen engagement,” Mayor Mitchell Brownstein said. “She was able to pull together residents, people in industry, and staff to develop a Smart Cities Challenge application that addresses some of the key issues facing Côte Saint-Luc and most other cities across the country.”

A copy of the SHARED Initiative proposal for the Smart Cities Challenge is available at CoteSaintLuc.org/smartcitieschallenge.

“This was a team effort from start to finish,” Councillor Dida Berku said. “I want to thank our Member of Parliament Anthony Housefather for encouraging Côte Saint-Luc to apply, and to Mayor Brownstein and the city council for supporting it. Thanks, too, to the residents who participated in the public meetings organized by the city and a citizen’s group.

“In particular, I want to thank Charles Guerin who worked tirelessly on the project. We could not have done it without him. I also want to thank Marv Garellek and Steve Bransom of GlobeOwl Solutions, Professor Jia Yuan Yu of the Concordia Institute of Information System Engineering, and Gloria Freedman of the CIUSSS-CODIM, and the city councillors and staff who were part of the task group, in particular Darryl Levine.”

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