The fourth industrial revolution has begun, and it is powered by the Internet of Things. The combination of infinitely scalable cloud computing and inexpensive, energy efficient connected sensors has created the possibility for virtually any device to be connected to the internet. With advancements in complimentary technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and 5G wireless, Alberta IoT believes the possibilities are endless.
Albertans have developed a growing culture of innovation, with universities and colleges spinning off biomedical, machine learning, and artificial intelligence startups. Increasing government support to diversify the economy using technology, a strong industrial sector, and a plethora of experienced technical professionals from our once-thriving telecommunications industry leaves our province well positioned to not only benefit from the rise of IoT technology, but to become the worldwide leader.
Alberta IoT Core Member PCL Construction, whose North American headquarters is in Edmonton, is the largest construction company in Canada. PCL has implemented a company-changing digital construction strategy, integrating IoT and advanced analytics into their operations and client offerings to improve productivity, safety, efficiency, and create smart solutions across PCL’s operations.
PCL is building smarter via their IoT smart construction platform, Job Site InsightsTM, which uses IoT sensors throughout a building to monitor temperature, humidity, pressure and flood issues in real-time, leading to increased sustainability, productivity, and quality while reducing insurance costs and warranty claims. PCL is using IoT in construction and leveraging partnerships to not only build smarter but create smarter buildings for their clients.
Cochrane is an example of an Alberta community moving forward on technology, innovation and leadership. Cochrane is already home to a number of successful international technology companies, including Garmin Canada, 4iiii Innovations, Hunterwood Technologies and mcThings. The town is poised to continue to support and grow the local tech industry by expanding their municipally owned fiber network and investing in an innovation centre in their downtown core to provide a space for the incubation of new businesses.
On November 4th, in partnership with Cochrane Economic Development and PCL Construction, Alberta IoT presents Building Smart Cities with IoT Technology. There will be presentations from the association, Cochrane Economic Development, and a keynote from PCL. Anyone who shares our vision of Alberta being the world-wide centre of excellence for IoT technology is welcome to join us – Please visit AlbertaIoT.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
The Alberta IoT Association is a not-for-profit consisting of organizations with a vested interest in the success of the Internet of Things in the province of Alberta. Since their official launch in February, Alberta IoT membership has grown substantially, and the association is actively collaborating with numerous organizations as well as all levels of government.