Greater Montreal named among the 21 intelligent cities of the year
The prestigious Intelligent Community Forum (ICT) recognized the greater metropolitan region of Montreal among the 21 intelligent cities of 2014 (Smart21). The announcement was made in North Canton, Ohio, during the unveiling of the semi-finalists for the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards. The application for Greater Montreal was submitted by TechnoMontréal, in partnership with Montréal International, the City of Montreal, the Montreal Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ), the Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Since 1999, the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards annually recognize the communities (cities or regions) that stand out in the development of intelligent cities. The evaluation criteria are composed of five recurrent themes (broadband network, innovation, knowledge workforce, digital inclusion and marketing & advocacy), as well as an annual theme, which for 2014 is “culture.” Greater Montreal has distinguished itself by the quality and quantity of its ongoing digital development projects, as well as the predominant place that culture holds in the city.
“The advancement and potential of Greater Montreal as an intelligent city is not well known by the public at large. The city already has around twenty independent “smart” initiatives and several major projects are in the works. Since 2011, TechnoMontréal has brought together these initiatives and coordinated structural projects within a development vision called Montréal Digital Metropolis that aims to propel the metropolitan region into the ranks of the major “Smart Cities” of the world. In addition to this unifying program, our partners implemented projects that together create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. It is thanks to all the contributors who have believed in the positive impact of a digital vision for the city that this extensive work is recognized today by the highest international expert in the field,” stated Lidia Divry, Executive Director of TechnoMontréal.