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SMART CITY ASSETS

Mississauga’s Digital Ecosystem

A Smart City for Everybody is one that uses technology to reach, support and engage all Mississaugans regardless of age, ability, and socio-economic status. We envision a city that is inclusive, where residents feel empowered and connected to their communities, and each other; a place where people feel safe and enjoy vibrant communities; a city that tackles the digital divide between those who have access to technology and those who do not; a city where people feel welcomed; a city with a strong economy with opportunities for everyone. Smart City will use technology to support a high quality of life for all people, in all circumstances across the city.

Mississauga’s Smart City is embedded in services, processes and tools that are used by all city departments and in the public realm.

 

Mississauga's digital Asset Map

Digital Project Showcase

Digital Billboards Celebration Square

These state of the art digital billboards are non-commercial and are used to enhance events such as concerts and festivals; showcase screen based and interactive artworks; bring the community together to watch sporting events or play videos games; and to share information with the public

District Wifi

Wireless Mississauga, free public wifi, is located throughout the city. Within the the Living Labs we have been expanding wifi and will continue to frow this service. Currently Port Credit and Downtown have extended public wifi in the Living Labs

Wireless Network

Mississauga has an extensive wireless network that spans the city. It was built on existing infrastructure including 780 connected intersections and 1000’s of wireless nodes creating an unparalleled Internet of Things (IoT) network. This wireless network is used for public facing services such as Wireless Mississauga and also to support city services. 

Currently this system supports connected traffic intersections; emergency services; the public Wireless Mississauga network; MiWay Transit including Transit Hubs; digital parks; city buildings such as Community Centres, Libraries, Arenas, Culture Facilities, and more.

This kind of digital infrastructure is rare for cities in North America and we are looking forward to seeing all the incredible ways it can be used to contnue support Mississauga.

Public SECTOR Network (PSN)

Established in 1996, this fibre optic network, labeled the Public Sector Network (PSN), is designed to meet the Region’s growing need to provide an instant flow of data communications between facilities across Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. This network involves the effort of the four municipal agencies operating within the Region of Peel (Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and the Region of Peel). Through years of planning and collaboration, a communications infrastructure capable of providing cost effective, high-speed telecommunications has been developed.

This communications network supports services such as Wireless Mississauga (free public wifi), internet services for city staff, connectivity for local hospitals and the Eduroam network at Mississauga’s Post secondary Institutions. In addition, it provides a backbone for a variety of digital infrastructure including the IoT network that allows for a wide variety of connected tools such as the 5G, Automated Traffic Management System (ATMS), security cameras, air quality sensors and more.

The PSN project now has over 828 kms of fibre optics cable (47,459 strand kms) in place and 102 facilities connected to the network. In addition, City infrastrucutre now has dependencies on PSN in 346 sites and nodes. It is anticipated that another 40 to 50 additional facilities will be added to the network over the next 3 years.

Dog Waste Energy Pilot Program

The City of Mississauga has launched a one-year pilot program that converts dog waste into renewable energy and fertilizer. A number of in-ground smart dog waste containers have been installed across City parks, including the Animal Services facility.

City staff collaborated with Sutera Inc., to design a fully in-ground concrete container that holds dog waste for up to six weeks. Storing the waste below ground where it is cooler and out of direct sunlight reduces odour and means that the waste can be collected when the container is full. This information is transmissted through sensors in the containers. The waste will be emptied by a vacuum truck and taken to an organic waste plant where it will be safely converted into energy and fertilizer.

How much of an effect does this have? The city collects 60 metric tonnes of dog waste annually—that’s equal to the weight of 11 full grown elephants. With this program, the city will collect approximately 60 per cent of uncontaminated mixed-recyclable material—this will go towards the Region of Peel’s goal of 75 per cent waste diversion.