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eleven-x and PNI Sensor Partner For Smart City Parking Solution

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | March  22, 2018eleven-x Inc., operator of Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast low power IoT network, is pleased to announce that PNI Sensor has joined the eleven-x Partner Program, offering wireless parking solutions capable of supporting municipal Smart City initiatives and private enterprise applications. The program, which offers LoRa™ certified devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT projects, includes PNI  integrating their innovative PlacePod™ smart parking sensor with the eleven-x LoRaWAN™ network optimized for the Internet of Things.

To date, eleven-x and PNI have initiated multiple smart parking pilots including implementations with the City of Stratford and the University of British Columbia, with more rollouts planned for the coming months. Designed to help cities to decrease traffic issues and improve management efficiency while reducing carbon emissions, the smart parking solution solves two critical smart parking factors – high accuracy and timely vehicle detection.

PNI’s PlacePod sensors provide accurate, real-time vehicle detection and location of available parking spaces. Sensors can be surface-mounted or installed in-ground in on-street or off-street environments. Offering up to 10 years of battery life and stability in temperature fluctuations, PlacePod is accurate and reliable, even in the harshest conditions.

PlacePod is developed with the industry’s most accurate magnetic sensor in its class. Combined with vehicle detection algorithms, PlacePod provides continuous vehicle detection while filtering out electromagnetic “noise” such as direct current from overhead power lines and other magnetic interference from passing traffic to ensure accurate, timely detection.

“Accuracy, timeliness, and reliability are the key elements of our PlacePod sensor and crucial to the success of any smart parking program,” said Becky Oh, President & CEO, PNI Sensor. “We are excited to collaborate with eleven-x on a highly accurate smart parking application that offers cities across Canada a reliable solution no matter how extreme the environmental conditions. With their deep expertise from the sensor through to the cloud, eleven-x is an ideal partner to work with on this growing market sector.”

eleven-x operates Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public Low Power Wide Area Network optimized to support IoT solutions. Enabling faster evidence-driven decisions, the low power network facilitates the integration and deployment of IoT applications for Smart Cities, Campuses, Buildings and Enterprises by supporting the use of low-cost battery-powered sensors for easy and efficient data collection from assets and “things”.

“Smart parking is a great Smart City initiative because it has such a positive and diverse impact,” said Dan Mathers, President & CEO of eleven-x. “The integration of the PlacePod with our network offers a full solution that is easy to implement. And, the results are two-fold: reducing the carbon emission impact on the environment and providing a positive, stress-free parking experience. We’re excited at the opportunity of growing this sector, working with PNI, beyond the Stratford and UBC pilot programs.”

In addition to a superior experience for efficiently locating parking spaces and optimizing occupancy, cities and private organizations can also get extended capabilities. Parking data can be integrated with data from other applications to provide even more improved services. The eleven-x|PNI smart parking solution is available now for deployment.

eleven-x Partners with Wavefront to Offer LoRaWAN Network Access at Wavefront Wireless Zones Across Canada

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Wavefront and eleven-x Partner to Launch LoRaWAN™ Network Access at Wavefront Wireless Zones Across Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, February 27, 2018. Wavefront Innovation Society (“Wavefront”) and eleven-x Inc. today announced a partnership that will make it easier for Canadian companies to develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. eleven-x’s LoRaWAN based, long-range Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) service is now available at Wavefront Wireless Zones across Canada. The network enables testing, development and proof of concept deployment of IoT solutions. Since the eleven-x network is deployed coast-to-coast in most major markets across Canada, companies can roll out mass deployments of their IoT solutions upon completion of development and testing.

Wavefront is the Centre of Excellence for commercialization of mobile and IoT technologies in Canada. Working with companies across all industry verticals, Wavefront provides a variety of programs and services to startups, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises and government to help them grow, scale and connect.

Wavefront’s seven Wireless Zones offer a wide variety of devices for rent on a daily basis so companies can test their applications. This dramatically reduces costs and time required to test applications across multiple platforms and networks.

eleven-x operates Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public Low Power Wide Area Network optimized to support IoT solutions. Enabling faster evidence-driven decisions, the low power network facilitates the integration and deployment of IoT applications for Smart Cities, Campuses, Buildings and Enterprises by supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors for easy and efficient data collection from assets and “things”.

Providing the first development platform in Canada based on LoRaWAN will encourage the adoption of low power wireless Internet of Things applications and enable the development of new and innovative battery powered solutions for the broad Canadian IoT market. With a strong history of LPWAN experience, eleven-x is proud to support initiatives that help bring mass market deployments of IoT solutions to market.

The eleven-x network uses LoRaWAN technology, an LPWAN specification intended for wireless communication between battery-operated devices and the cloud in a regional, national or global network. An international standard, LoRaWAN is deployed in over 50 countries worldwide and is backed by the LoRa Alliance™ which includes over 500-member organizations.

Enabling eleven-x’s network service at the Wavefront Wireless Zones will allow IoT solution providers to complete development, perform testing and deploy solutions that are ideally suited for LoRaWAN networks.

“Wavefront is pleased to be collaborating with eleven-x to enable early access to LoRaWAN LPWA service, helping our developer community to complete solution test and development and get a head-start on proof of concept pilots with real customers,” says Alan Swain, Vice President of Technology and Operations with Wavefront.

“We’re excited that Wavefront has chosen the eleven-x wireless network for LoRaWAN connectivity at all of their Wireless Zones,” said Dan Mathers, President & CEO of eleven-x. “The fact that our network is deployed from coast-to-coast across the country provides a big advantage for those companies looking to develop and deploy LoRaWAN based IoT solutions. In addition, our low power IoT network is fully scalable and can easily handle the diverse set of applications that companies will be looking to test and ultimately deploy for customers.”

The Wavefront Wireless Zones in Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax are all currently live and available for developers to build and deploy solutions on.

eleven-x Partners With City of Stratford For Smart Parking Pilot

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Stratford, ON – Canada | February 21, 2018 – The City of Stratford is moving forward on an innovative pilot project that will enable it to track the usage of municipal parking spaces, and eventually make that data available to the public.

The smart parking initiative, which brings the City together with partners eleven-x, FoxNet and Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX), involves sensors embedded in the asphalt that will send signals to a low power wireless network indicating whether vehicles are parked in the spaces.

Following approval of the project by Stratford City Council in the fall of 2017, a total of 78 parking sensors or “pucks” were installed in spaces along Wellington, Downie and Albert streets. The sensors will connect to the eleven-x long range wide area network (LoRaWAN™) to provide real-time communication of the location of available parking spaces. The eleven-x network will securely capture and transmit the data from the sensors for collection, and software provided by FoxNet will help interpret that data and display it in a graphical interface.

The information will be used by the City to better understand parking patterns in Stratford and will also be shared with the public in an Open Data platform that will help motorists determine where parking spaces are available downtown.

“This is another example of how Stratford is on the leading edge when it comes to the innovative use of new technologies,” said Mayor Dan Mathieson.

The ODX is providing funding of $50,000 toward the $100,000 project, with the remainder coming from the City’s parking reserve fund.

“The data from the smart sensors used in this project will be open to the community online, enhancing smart connectivity,” said ODX Managing Director Kevin Tuer. “We’re excited to further help smart city and IoT (Internet of Things) initiatives and are happy this has been done on a framework which creates opportunities to work with open data.”

“Parking can be a major issue in urban centres. I’m sure everyone can understand the frustration of driving around in your car looking for a spot that never seems to be available,” added FoxNet President Bill Fox. “We are really excited to work with the City of Stratford, eleven-x and ODX on this pilot parking project, that will use top of the line technology to help solve the problem.”

“We are pleased that the City of Stratford has chosen the eleven-x LoRaWAN wireless network to launch their smart parking initiative,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-x. “Our goal is to support the city in delivering the best parking experience while optimizing their parking processes. A key factor in this is supporting the open data component. Our low power network is scalable and can tackle a diverse set of Smart City applications making it easy for Stratford to build on their open architecture platform in the future.”

The smart parking pilot project will run until the end of 2018, and the data generated by the sensors is expected to be made available to the public online this year.



eleven-x Expands Sales and Business Development Team

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In response to meet increasing customer and market demands, eleven-x Inc., operator of the first and only Canada-wide public long-range wide area network [LoRaWAN™] optimized for IoT, are proud to announce and welcome Mike Andreola as our new Director of Sales and Business Development, and Kris Huber as our Director, Technical Account Management.

Kris brings a successful background in identifying and developing market-focussed technology solutions in addition to strong project management experience with complex software and hardware product development. Kris comes to eleven-x from Array Systems where he was CTO and Director of Business Development for the past 7 years. He has also served on the R&D team at Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies as well as assisting in the publication of two Electrical Engineering textbooks.

Kris has a Ph.D. and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, as well as a Bachelor of Science Honors Physics from McMaster. We look forward to Kris building out our partner network supporting LoRaWAN™ based IoT devices and applications.

Mike brings with him over 15 years of senior experience leading and driving technology sales, as well as an extensive and successful background in the Telecom Industry. Prior to joining eleven-x, Mike was the Vice President of Sales for Asigra. He has also served as the Vice President of Enterprise Sales at Atria Networks for five years and Vice President of Sales at Toronto Hydro/Hydro OneTelecom for 2 years. Mike has a Bachelor of Arts Combined Honors from York University. We are extremely pleased to have him on board and look forward to a great future moving IoT forward.

Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-x said “Mike and Kris bring a wealth of industry experience and technology knowledge that strengthens our already strong team. The IoT world is moving quickly with innovation and customer demand, so we feel very fortunate we’ve been able to add Kris and Mike to help play key roles in providing and implementing high-quality Smart City and Enterprise IoT solutions.”

eleven-x operates Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network optimized for IoT that enables the promise of Smart Campuses, Smart Cities and Enterprises. Supporting low-cost sensors with low connectivity costs and the ability to maintain almost unlimited device connections, the network addresses many Internet of Things [IoT] applications and use cases using battery powered devices.

Smart Parking – The Benefits Are More Than Meets the Eye

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Smart Parking - old school

Smart parking is one of the fastest growing Smart City initiatives around the world, and Canada is no exception with pilots already underway. The application has potential to move beyond the city and into other areas including university campuses, shopping malls, hospitals and other large-scale types of parking environments. What makes the Smart parking application so enticing is that it offers a flexible and easy-to-deploy solution for cities and organizations looking to get started with IoT initiatives. The technology can provide short-term results while collecting data for longer-term planning and decision-making.

Great ROI With the Right Solution

Additionally, the types of data collected, from capturing traffic flow patterns to tracking specific space usage data, can all play a big role in providing a better experience for drivers and providing more value to the owner of the parking assets. Parking assets can eat up big chunks of budgets these days. The investment is significant, from monitoring and maintaining parking lots, to the development of new parkades.

But a smart parking application can not only have a positive impact from an economic point of view, it can also have a tremendous impact on the environment. Reports suggest that as much as 30% of traffic flow delays and restrictions are due to idling and circling drivers in search of parking. This congestion also has a dramatic impact on the environment due to increased carbon emissions.

A smart parking application includes the use of low-cost, battery-powered sensors to collect real-time data which can be used to help direct drivers to available parking spaces. Two key areas to consider when looking at smart parking solutions are accuracy and timely vehicle detection. Thus, reducing the time spent idling and circling in search of an available space or even a parking lot with available spaces. Additionally, the real-time data can be collected to help cities and private lot owners build out profiles of their parking assets which provides them the ability to influence longer-term resource planning.

Benefits Of Smart Parking

Below, we break down some of the benefits that a smart parking application provides:

  • Driver experience: helping drivers find a parking space goes beyond efficiency and can help transform the whole experience. The positive results of getting people to where they want to be faster can have a domino effect on parking lot owners and local businesses as well. Smart parking also opens the potential for a seamless experience, from locating to time notification to paying, all in one place.
  • Reduced traffic: means less congestion which is good no matter how you look at it. By helping drivers locate available parking quicker, fewer cars will be driving around looking for spaces and less stress on the environment.
  • Reduced pollution: goes along with the reduced traffic, with cars spending less time idling and circling, GHG emissions will be reduced which will also result in reduced overall global footprint.
  • New revenue opportunities: smart parking offers the potential for variable rate options based on demand or location, as well as loyalty program participation.
  • Optimized parking: for cities or private lot managers, knowing more about how your spaces are used and when demand is high can help you optimize and leverage your parking assets to their fullest.
  • Parking Profile Development: the collection of parking space data allows the build-out of comprehensive parking profiles for individual lots or multiple parking assets. These profiles can help identify short-term trends as well as longer-term insights to help lot managers make better decisions in terms of use and maintenance of their parking assets.
  • Reduced operational costs: whether you are a city providing parking space and services or a private company, automating the process of checking for vehicles in violation is more efficient and cost-effective than manual monitoring.
  • Improved Safety: improving safety can be achieved a couple of ways. First, real-time data can be provided to parking lot employees and security to help with violations and in cases where suspicious activity may be present. It also keeps employees from wandering around busy parking lots where drivers may be distracted looking for available parking.

The growing Autonomous Vehicle segment also supports, and in fact requires, the adoption of a smart parking solution. Whether partially or fully automated, driverless cars will comprise a good percentage of vehicles in the near future and the potential for an embedded application to help offer a completely seamless experience for drivers is on the horizon.

One final thought on smart parking… while the push is on for cities to try and figure out ways to get people out of their cars and utilize other ways to get around including public transit, biking and walking, by 2035 there will be almost 2 billion cars on the road, autonomous and otherwise, and some think it could be even sooner.

With this magnitude of anticipated volume, coupled with current issues, efficiencies gained through parking asset optimization is needed to help make cities become more people-friendly. From an urban landscape perspective, the need for parking does not appear to be diminishing, however, cities and private parking entities can help manage the potential impact through thoughtful planning and development through data collected from a smart parking application.

QMC Selects eleven-x to be Wireless Network Partner to Reinvent Smart Water Meter Market

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | November 30, 2017eleven-x Inc., operator of Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network, is pleased to announce that QMC, Canada’s leader in submetering, has selected eleven-x to be their wireless network partner to reinvent the Smart Water Meter market. QMC will launch its Smart Water Metering solution in early 2018, which will be the first time a metering services company will use a public LoRaWAN network in Canada.

In Canada, and many other parts of the world, Smart Metering solutions use proprietary networks and technologies that can be unreliable and, because they are built for only that single application rather than being publicly available for multiple applications, they can also be very expensive. QMC set out to solve this problem, launching a turnkey end-to-end solution utilizing the eleven-x public LoRaWAN network, the only coast-to-coast low power network enabling customers to deploy their solutions across Canada.

Key to the successful development and launch of QMC’s Smart Metering Solution is the eleven-x LoRaWAN Interface Design [LiD] module. The LiD module provides the ability for eleven-x partners and customers to retrofit un-networked devices and turn them into a Smart device connected to the eleven-x public LoRaWAN network. The LiD module is a hardware and software solution that includes significant enhancements for security and ease of use in addition to its connectivity capabilities. In this case, QMC and eleven-x worked together to utilize the LiD module to deliver a self-contained device that will provide ‘bolt-on’ LoRaWAN connectivity for a wide variety of metering solutions and interfaces.

“eleven-x helped us go to market with complete confidence, by reducing the risk substantially. Working with eleven-x allowed us to quickly develop and deliver a robust metering solution, and their network provides the coast-to-coast coverage that we needed to be able to commercialize a solution like this,” said James Easton, CEO, QMC. “We were very impressed with the eleven-x LoRaWAN Interface Design module, and being able to rely on having a robust, stable and secure LoRaWAN network like the one that eleven-x provides gives us the ability to make customer commitments with complete trust.  eleven-x has been a true partner in helping us reinvent Smart Metering. This successful deployment collaboration allows us to expand our Smart Metering Solution across Canada.”

“QMC is leading disruptive change with its Smart Metering Services solution, which is designed around the eleven-x LoRaWAN Interface Design module, and integrated with our LoRaWAN wireless connectivity services platform,” said Dan Mathers, President & CEO, eleven-x. “When QMC approached us to help them reinvent the Smart Meter Market, we saw a great opportunity to help by providing a complete solution to QMC that allowed them to convert un-networked water meters into Smart Meters and get automated meter readings from them.”

The eleven-x low power network enables the promise of Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Campuses and Enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low-cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses Internet of Things applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.

More information on this game-changing initiative is available here – QMC Wireless Water Meter Solution: First Commercialized Rollout Using LoRaWAN


eleven-X and Adveez Partner For Asset Tracking for Airports

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | November 21, 2017eleven-X Inc. and ADVEEZ are pleased to announce the launch of a pilot that utilizes the ADVEEZ IoT Asset Tracking Module on the eleven-X network to help with cargo operations management at a major Canadian International Airport.  The LoRaWAN™ based solution will enable GPS tracking of cargo handling assets, providing rapid and easy location of in-motion equipment, enabling faster loading and unloading of airline cargo.

“Deployment of our Asset Tracking solution on the eleven-x network will enable airlines to achieve faster turnaround times resulting in reduced delays, providing cost savings related to many aspects of cargo management,” said Karim Ben Dhia, CEO at ADVEEZ. “ADVEEZ plans to mirror the success of current deployments in Europe and the USA, in Canada, now that we have eleven-X as our network provider.”

“eleven-X is very pleased to support the ADVEEZ pilot for Asset Tracking at the Canadian Airport since it broadens the applications currently operating on our network,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-X.  “Having an Asset Tracking solution partner such as ADVEEZ, as well as other LoRa™ IoT solution partners, will further accelerate customer adoption of LoRa technology across Canada.”

LoRaWAN IoT Asset Tracking from ADVEEZ has been deployed at airports across the world enabling enhanced location management of in-motion assets resulting in improved operational efficiencies.  When deployed utilizing LoRaWAN, the Asset Tracking technology also lends itself to other industry sectors from construction to Smart City asset management programs.

“We’re pleased to partner with eleven-X, who provide the network infrastructure and coverage for our LoRaWAN IoT Asset Tracking Module rollout in Canada.  Our goal is to provide the best asset tracking solution for airports and other major industry sectors across Canada,” said Ben Dhia.  “Having a partner such as eleven-X support our program provides us with an industry-leading network provider who has the technical expertise to ensure a successful rollout.”

eleven-X operates Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network that enables the promise of Smart Cities, Smart Buildings and Campuses and Enterprise IoT applications. Supporting the use of low cost battery powered sensors, the network addresses Internet of Things applications where requirements include wireless connectivity, devices that require long battery life, no maintenance and a low total cost of ownership.

eleven-X and UBC Announce 2nd Smart Campus Project – Smart Waste Bin Monitoring

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | November 6, 2017eleven-X Inc. today announced its second  Smart Campus initiative with the University of British Columbia aimed at real-time tracking of fill-levels of on-campus outdoor waste disposal and recycling bins associated with the campus parking facilities. The pilot project is designed to improve waste collection efficiencies by providing optimized route planning and pick-up while reducing costs by optimizing pick-up schedules and eliminating the need for emergency call-outs.

Fill-level sensors capable of determining waste and recycling bin fill-levels will be installed in target bins across the UBC campus parking lots, connected to the eleven-x nationwide public Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWANTM).  A service alert is triggered and sent to UBC Parking maintenance staff once a pre-determined bin level has been reached, indicating a bin pick-up is required.  Levels are tracked in real-time, optimizing maintenance response.

This monitoring project will determine what efficiencies might be gained by implementing this technology.  The trial stage will evaluate performance over a smaller, defined portion of the UBC campus’ parking facilities, capturing data related to collection, directly resulting in cost savings while improving collection efficiency.

“Improving UBC Parking’s waste and recycling collection service provides an overall aesthetic benefit while enabling cost-saving measures related to staff productivity and resource allocation,” said Brian Jones, Director, Parking and Access Services. “By optimizing the number of daily pick-ups, our service level increases, the parking facilities look great and all at a reduced cost.”

eleven-X and UBC first collaborated on an Accessible Smart Parking Pilot, currently underway, which will be completed in the spring of ’18.

“This pilot represents the second Smart Campus project UBC’s Parking has undertaken with eleven-X, underscoring the benefits that our LoRaWAN network is capable of delivering and the benefits to our customers of having network coverage available from coast-to-coast in Canada,” said Dan Mathers, President and CEO of eleven-X.  “From parking to waste management, our Low Power, Long Range wireless network promises to deliver value all our customers are coming to expect, across many diverse applications.”

The project is expected to last approximately three months enabling sufficient data capture across specific target areas of UBC Parking’s waste collection process.  This data will be used to evaluate possible future deployments across other areas of the UBC Parking’s portfolio.

eleven-X and University of British Columbia Partner for Smart Campus Pilot Project to Monitor Accessible Parking Spaces

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WATERLOO, ON – CANADA | October 30, 2017eleven-X Inc. and the University of British Columbia today announced a new Smart Campus project designed to collect data on the usage of parking spaces designated for persons with disabilities. The project will enable the university to provide enhanced accessible parking across the UBC campus.

The project will collect data on the use frequency of parking stalls for the disabled, located throughout the UBC Vancouver campus. Parking sensors, embedded in the pavement, will determine the presence or absence of motor vehicles.  The sensors connect to the eleven-X Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWANTM), providing real-time data related to parking space usage.  This data will provide detailed parking profiles for each individual parking stall, enabling officials to analyze and evaluate the effective use of the stalls.

“Our goal is to ensure UBC provides optimal parking accessibility for disabled individuals.  Capturing real-time data will provide a detailed view of usage frequency enabling our operations to ensure that accessible parking is efficient and always available,” said Brian Jones, Director, Parking and Access Services.  “Improving the parking experience for our students, staff, and visitors, requiring accessible parking is our principal goal.”

The pilot project is expected to last approximately six months to provide the opportunity to collect an appropriate sampling of data based on seasonal and event factors. Upon conclusion, an evaluation of the project success criteria will determine any subsequent actions including the potential for broader campus deployment.

“UBC has examined a number of technologies for their Smart Campus requirements and we’re extremely pleased that UBC has chosen the eleven-X wireless network as the platform to launch this accessible parking initiative.  Our goal is to aid UBC in delivering on the promise of providing improved and more efficient access to parking stalls for individuals with disabilities,” said Dan Mathers, President & CEO of eleven-X.  “We look forward to further cooperation with UBC, introducing other ‘Smart’ applications for their Smart Campus initiative.”

eleven-X is a national wireless carrier operating Canada’s first and only coast-to-coast public low power network that enables the promise of Smart Campuses, Smart Cities, and Enterprises. Supporting low cost sensors with low connectivity costs and the ability to maintain almost unlimited device connections, the network addresses many Internet of Things [IoT] applications and use cases including those using battery powered devices.

About University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world.  UBC Parking operates the largest university parking operation in Canada, overseeing more than 8,300 parking spaces and provides customers with parking options that afford easy, convenient access to facilities and activities on campus.

About eleven-X Inc.

eleven-X, a Contributing Member of the LoRa Alliance™, is a next-generation network operator enabling the Internet of Things [IoT]. Our low power wide area network [LPWAN] is Canada’s first and only public coast-to-coast network providing low cost connectivity with low cost sensors and devices for a variety of Smart City and Enterprise IoT applications. Based on LoRaWAN™, an international standard backed by over 500 companies, our carrier-grade network enables customers in the private and public sectors to efficiently and cost-effectively manage assets, create and maintain Smart Cities, and realize environmental sustainability. Visit for more information.

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Smart Cities Making Smart Decisions

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There is no absolute definition of a Smart City. According to the Smart Cities Council, it’s still in the “I’ll know it when I see it” phase. There are plenty of general descriptions, but nothing is concretely defined for what is known as a Smart City.

Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that cities will have different requirements for their individual smart city programs. Simply put, a generally accepted high-level description [notice we didn’t say definition] of a Smart City program is that it’s about collecting data from a city’s assets and using that data to improve resource sustainability, enhance public service delivery, reduce operational costs and enrich community experience.


With data at the heart of Smart City programs, thinking about data acquisition from the myriad of assets for a holistic Smart City program can be daunting and difficult to get buy-in and establish direction. It is at this point where some cities and municipalities can get stuck. What data do we need? Who get’s access to the data? What do we do with the data? And the list goes on…

When it comes to data, it’s about interpretation. Depending on context, data can lead down varying paths so having the right data used in the right context is crucial. The more sets of eyes you can have on data, the greater the ability to collaborate when it comes time to make data-driven decisions and this is why the Internet of Things holds so much promise.  Accessible data enables organizations to explore possibilities, and it’s this innovation that will deliver real results for Smart Cities.

Any data collection program should also carefully consider the security component. From encryption for safe transmission to secure data storage to the types of data being made accessible all need to be accounted for. Access to pertinent data and obeying privacy standards should also help shape any accessible data program.

To maximize collaborative efforts, data collected needs to be open and accessible to have the ability to truly explore and innovate. Accessible data doesn’t have to mean shared just within city programs. The benefits of an open data approach can move beyond city limits and the sharing can have a positive impact on neighboring regions and municipalities, as well as potentially having an influence on a national or global scale.

But accessible data is only one part of the equation. Smart City programs also need to be developed on open architecture platforms to ensure that the right IoT solutions are being developed for individual program needs.

The idea that open architecture breeds innovation is not new knowledge. It’s well documented that technologies and solutions supported by open architecture platforms enable greater innovation and wider usage. Traditional approaches and closed systems have brought mixed infrastructure results which is why Internet of Things technologies developed on open platforms offer so much potential.

An open approach to data and architecture also allows for the introduction of best practices and standards to be set. It will be difficult for the Internet of Things to scale if it’s forced to live within the constraints of a proprietary or closed system.

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So how does a city get started acquiring data to initiate these collaborative relationships? One step at a time. Bite size chunks to help with the learning as the transition to a new innovative data sharing approach unfolds.

While the possibilities of Smart City applications may seem abundant, don’t let the large number hold you back from getting things underway. Pick one asset or activity that holds the potential for real improvement. Select an area where data acquisition can make a difference – perhaps a data-driven event or process that can be automated. Review your solution options with an organization that can support the project with demonstrated application deployment experience.

Worried about cost? A pilot project won’t break the budget and can hold incredible potential. The investment is easily worth the knowledge gained from a single project where results can be measured by 20x in potential cost reductions or substantial service delivery improvements.

Smart city solutions – based on open architecture platforms – are available for pilot project implementation today. From Smart Parking and Smart Street Lighting applications to Smart Waste Management, Non-Revenue Water Monitoring and Smart Metering. All these Smart City projects can be implemented in a scalable format to suit a variety of project sizes and scope to get cities started.

Looking to start your Smart City program? Two areas to keep at the center of your decision- making – 1) start with one project to keep things simple and measurable, and 2) select an open architecture platform where non-proprietary data is easily accessible to ensure innovation and future application development opportunities.