March 15, 2013
i-CANADA Newsletter March 13 2013
This "nutshell news" covers new moves for advancing the Intelligent Nation.
Diane Watts, Mayor of Surrey, has joined the Governors Council; Surrey is vital because if current trends continue, it will outrank Vancouver in size within a few years.
- The President of Alcatel-Lucent, Alex Giosa, has received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal by i-CANADA and CATA for his work in stimulating growth of ultra-bandwidth capabilities in Canada: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr03081302.html
- A new CEO-to-CEO luncheon series has been launched; the first session focuses on the burgeoning mobile sector. Namir Anani, President and CEO of the Information and Communications Technology Council, will share the speaking spot with Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. Both will present new research on the sector; mobile devices are becoming the most rapidly-adopted technology in history and the most popular and widespread personal technology in the world. The deployment of high-capacity network infrastructure is well advanced in Canada. Nine out of ten Canadians own a cell phone. There is no charge for CEOs to attend the event on April 2nd, at 11:00 a.m., at the Grand Hotel, 225 Jarvis Street. A webinar will carry the information to those who cannot attend in person. Contact me for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mark Romoff, President and CEO of the Canadian Council on Public-Private Partnerships, has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal by i-CANADA and CATA, for his work in expanding the impact of a new approach for the funding of infrastructure development and service delivery. With a global infrastructure deficit of $57-trillion - not counting the need for spending on ultra-broadband communications - Canada must find innovative ways to fund infrastructure: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr02251302.html
- CATA has launched an advocacy campaign that recommends Industry Canada accommodate m-Health (mobile health) in its spectrum allocation review. By the year 2014, public and private healthcare providers could save between 1.96 billion and 5.83 billion dollars annually in healthcare costs by utilizing m-Health technologies in the area of health monitoring alone worldwide. An overall cost savings in Healthcare due to the universal adoption of m-Health to be between 5% and 10% annually in Canada. These however, will occur only if the underlying wireless/mobile infrastructure is fully trustworthy end-to-end, via "medical grade" dedicated m-Health networks. In Canada such efficiency improvements may represent some 15 billion dollars annually: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr02181301.html
- I-CANADA is working with the University of Ottawa to create an LTE Test-Bed for First Responders. Keystone company in the Ottawa program is Alcatel Lucent; other companies currently in discussion include many of the major vendors of equipment and services. It will help all emergency services, including police, paramedics and fire departments, to work with each other and with the private and academic sectors to develop and test future communications technologies under real-life conditions. The system will allow first responders to experiment with long-term evolution (LTE) wireless broadband communications. It will enable responders, who are currently restricted to voice communication, to send and receive high-definition video to and from emergency vehicles. Among other applications, the system will also equip emergency vehicles with the capability to undertake X-ray mapping of hazardous materials found in buildings or along roadways: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr01221301.html
- Dan Dodge, CEO at QNX Software Systems - provider of middleware for Blackberry and auto makers such as GM - has been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General; the nomination was made by i-CANADA and CATA.
- An overlooked and often underserved sector in Canada will have an enhanced voice now that TeraGo's President and CEO Bryan Boyd has joined the i-CANADA Governors Council. Bryan has specialized in creating communications networks for small and medium-sized knowledge-based enterprises. Our 'knowledge zones' are vital for differentiating our economy from the manufacturing-heavy economies of Asia; we need these businesses to be fast, flexible and well-networked. Bryan focusses on providing linkage solutions that are an alternative to mainstream communications providers; his approaches are innovative and creative: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr02201302.html
- "On Stage" demos are under construction for the i-CANADA SUMMIT (draft agenda attached); the demos will reveal the new power of Intelligent systems in both Health Care and First Responder sectors. The SUMMIT, called "The Seven Habits of Highly Intelligent Communities" provides community development officers and corporate leaders with support from champions in the Intelligent Community process; we are partnering with the Intelligent Community Forum to create one program of TWO SUMMITs, in TWO CITIES (Toronto and New York)! http://icanada.nu/
- Governors Call for Ultra-Broadband Future: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Press_Releases/cata_pr10301201.html
Overall, your I-CANADA movement has made great strides in supporting some 50 communities in Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, helping them to raise their Intelligent Community standards as they become digitally inclusive and more productive. Attached is a short Infographic on our real-world accomplishments to-date.