Current by GE Partners with Nokia to Unleash Smart City Technology Across Canada
- Nokia named commercial partner for Current by GE’s CityIQ* platform throughout Canada
- Collaboration extends Nokia’s portfolio of network connectivity solutions and cloud-based IoT offerings by adding Current’s intelligent sensors and software ecosystem
- Agreement opens access for Canadian cities to utilize new digital technology to improve common challenges like parking and traffic management, public safety enhancements and weather and air quality monitoring
“There is tremendous interest in smart city technology throughout Canada, and this partnership will offer Canadian municipalities a scalable method to quickly respond to demographic and economic shifts,” said Shawn Sparling, Head of Canada Enterprise Sales for Nokia. “Responsive, flexible technology is key to creating smarter cities while enabling a safer and more sustainable environment. The agreement with Current by GE is a key milestone in our efforts to build a rich and diverse ecosystem of leading suppliers to ensure the delivery of best-in-class solutions for our customers.”
The collaboration complements Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge, which was announced earlier this year to spur development in new smart city initiatives. It encourages community leaders to team up with businesses, academia and civic organizations to design innovative digital solutions that improve residents’ quality of life. It also builds on Nokia’s recent agreement with Smart City Capital to foster smart city projects throughout Canada, by leveraging a $2 billion CAD dedicated project fund and a pre-vetted ecosystem of partners.
“We are excited to bring our smart city technology to cities across Canada,” said Austin Ashe, Current’s General Manager of Intelligent Cities. “Nokia’s extensive portfolio of IoT connectivity solutions and successful history working with Canadian cities make this collaboration a great match for Current by GE and our development partners.”
Current by GE works with municipalities and utilities to install transformative digital technology that helps accelerate urban growth and development. Because CityIQ is an open and extensible data platform, it allows a wide variety of ecosystem developers to build new apps that positively impact citizens’ lives, both now and in the future. Current’s smart city technology is already being deployed in several U.S. cities, including San Diego, Atlanta and Portland, OR.
“We believe in the power of combined innovation,” said Ashe. “Our partnership with Nokia will help unlock new forms of smart city transformation and civic engagement that we can’t even imagine yet.”
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