The Urban Innovation Lab’s mission is to foster and support the emergence of innovative solutions to major urban challenges. Working together with citizens, city employees and our partners, we strive to provide Montrealers with the tools needed to build a more open, integrated and efficient city.
The autonomous vehicle ranks among innovative technologies currently in development with the potential to profoundly change the way cities and societies are organized. As a result, the city of Montréal has launched a reflection process to consider the impact the arrival of these vehicles will have in the municipal sphere. This reflection will be undertaken and enriched by the implementation of pilot projects through which it will be possible to acquire knowledge relevant to our understanding of this new form of mobility.
The functioning of a city rests largely on procurement, or its purchasing of products and services. While the city of Montréal continues to innovate in terms of its internal operations, it is vital that this innovation be supported by adequate procurement. Over the last few years, several government organisations throughout the world have multiplied initiatives aimed at reinforcing the innovative potential of procurement, whether it be through innovation challenges, contractual clauses to support innovation or the integration of experimentation within the tendering process.
In collaboration with its partners, the city aims to create a vast public Wi-Fi network on its territory named “MTLWiFi”. This deployment seeks to create a harmonized experience for public Wi-Fi access and provide uniform performance throughout Montreal’s network. It accomplishes this through a unique visual identifier, a single and simple connection mode and a quality of service that is uniform through all access points.
Montréal considers that open data is central to attaining its objectives not only in matters of transparency and economic development, but also in meeting urban challenges. The city produces and uses data in its internal activities, as well as in the services it provides to its citizens. The more data is made public and shared with the community, the more it will be exploited to its full potential within Montréal’s booming ecosystem.
Parking pilot projects: Sainte-Catherine Street West
The city of Montréal is striving to stimulate the dynamism of the commercial artery that is Sainte-Catherine Street West through infrastructure reconstruction works. To this end, the Lab’s mission is to evaluate innovative approaches.
The Smart Cities Challenge is a competition initiated by the Government of Canada in which the City of Montreal won the 1st prize of $ 50 million for carrying out innovative projects. Its Montreal component is managed by the Montreal Urban Innovation Lab (LIUM). The team acts as promoter of the Challenge and coordinates the implementation of projects led by 14 partner organizations.
The development of a smart city rests on the implementation of large scale communications and data collection infrastructures. “Fifth generation” or 5G networks represent the next generation of wireless mobility norms and technologies. 5G networks will be able to transmit data more quickly and handle a larger number of connected objects and devices in order to support a multitude of usage scenarios.