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City of Vancouver and City of Surrey are in it to win it!

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Joint proposal submitted for Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge

The City of Vancouver and City of Surrey submitted their final Smart Cities Challenge proposal on March 5, 2019. If selected by Infrastructure Canada to bring this big idea into reality, the cities will share $50 million in prize money that would enable both cities to demonstrate a path to safer,

healthier and more connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency, and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion.

“We have an opportunity to realize smart city infrastructure investment that could be transformational not only for our region, but the rest for Canada,” said Jessie Adcock, Chief Technology Officer, City of Vancouver. “How we leverage technology and innovation to better serve the needs of our residents and businesses better our quality of life, now and in the future, is at the heart of being a smart city.”

The #SmarterTogether program is the result of unprecedented joint engagement. Over the course of 20 months, both cities collaborated on developing the joint proposal. Through an extensive listening period, the cities learned that mobility solutions had the potential to most significantly improve the lives of residents.

The project team spoke with residents, experts and leaders of communities to explore how key mobility corridors could be designed to be appealing and accessible to all. The cities also arranged corridor technology demonstrations in both Vancouver and Surrey,

including the hugely popular autonomous vehicle shuttle ride demos (ELA – short for ELectric Automation) that provided over 4000 passenger rides to residents who showed enthusiasm for the technology. The shuttle demonstration allowed residents to experience this new technology and guide future considerations.

“Our finalist submission is the result of 20 months of hard work between the two largest cities in our region, numerous partnerships with local and international vendors and academic institutions were formed, we heard from a wide cross section of residents and stakeholders, and we are elated to now share our proposal with Infrastructure Canada,” said Sean Simpson, Director of Information Technology, City of Surrey.

Vancouver and Surrey’s #SmarterTogether program is a bold vision to create Canada’s first two collision free multi-modal corridors. Our Cities will introduce a suite of smart city technologies in two different urban contexts that will transform city infrastructure and establish new, connected ways for residents to travel safely, connect socially, and enjoy an increased quality of life.

The two collision-free corridors — Vancouver’s South False Creek Innovation Corridor and the Surrey Innovation Corridor — will achieve a number of outcomes including:

  • improved safety
  • reduced emissions
  • healthier communities
  • increased availability of mobility options
  • more socially connected communities
  • increased accessibility to the community
  • higher people-moving capacity
  • an enhanced travel experience

These ambitious aims will be achieved through the implementation of a portfolio of advanced smart city technologies that will work in concert and in real time.

Among these integrated technologies will be:

  • The Smart City Integration Hub, a software platform that represents the cornerstone of corridor security, privacy, and interoperability.
  • Autonomous vehicle shuttles and last mile mobility vehicles that ensure safe travel and provide abundant and accessible mode shift opportunities for all residents.
  • Intelligent traffic system devices, including sensors and controls embedded in traffic infrastructure, that collect data and enable real-time responses to specific traffic situations.

The combined operation of these technologies will improve our residents’ lives in a multitude of ways. The availability of new mobility options will provide accessibility to community amenities and will reduce social isolation and feelings of loneliness in our communities.

Conflict and collision-reducing technologies like dynamic crosswalks and adaptive traffic signals will make travel safer, especially for those people in groups disproportionately involved in accidents. Wayfinding applications for smartphones will enable residents to plan the safest multimodal routes through the corridors.

The unique smart mobility corridors of two distinct cities— one urban and one suburban — ensured the proposal was replicable by design. This was important to ensure we can duplicate these successes in the future.

For information on the City of Vancouver’s and City of Surrey’s joint Smart City Challenge visit www.smartertogether.ca

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SFU and LifeLabs Data Breach and Cyber Attack Could Have Affected Residents In Surrey

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Earlier this month SFU addressed a data breach that affected the personal and confidential information of students, faculty members, alumni, and retired members.

The university came out with a statement saying the SFU accounts have not been compromised, however, the people affected were still asked to change their passwords.

The university also notified those affected and is “assisting them upon request”.

According to the statement by SFU, the information disclosed from the data breach were student and employee numbers, names, birthdates, mail list memberships, course enrollments, and encrypted passwords.

In the statement, SFU also mentions that the breach occurred on Feb. 27 and was identified and corrected on Feb. 28.

SFU’s three locations are situated in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey. A breach like this affects many students who reside in the Metro Vancouver Region, especially those who live in Surrey.

A student who attends a university in Surrey, Aashi Gill, mentioned in an email her worry for the student and faculty members who had their personal information exposed.

“I am somewhat concerned for specifically the people who had their personal information leaked because you don’t know what people will do with that type of information,” Gill wrote. “… I would be concerned for all my valuable information … even though I do not go to SFU, it just shows that things like this are happening in my backyard, and it’s scary to watch this unfold, and I never know, it could be me,” she added.

While this data breach was covered by certain news organizations, Aashi, an individual who doesn’t attend SFU, had no knowledge of the breach. She possibly isn’t the only one.

Gill mentioned how she was unaware of the data breach and how she had to search it up to fully understand the details of it.

While the University did issue a statement about it, more media attention should have been directed towards the issue. Especially because it’s an issue that affects students and workers at the university.

This data breach isn’t the first one that’s recently affected the community of Surrey. Late last year, the lab company, LifeLabs had a cyberattack which compromised the personal information of residents in B.C. and Ontario.

While reports did not mention the exact communities of B.C. that were affected, considering the population of Surrey, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it was one of the affected communities.

A Global News article also mentioned that the LifeLabs company was not completely sure of the amount of files accessed during the breach. If Surrey resident’s files were compromised, that’s a good portion of British Columbia’s population.

The article also shows that the company took weeks to reveal the attack to the public, which is not something a resident wants to hear about a lab that has access to their personal information.

An investigation is underway to gain more insight on the attack.

Both SFU and LifeLabs are working on ways to assist students and customers with working through the data breach and cyber attack.

SFU is working with affected students “upon request” and LifeLabs has initiated a call centre for customers.

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Surrey’s Anchor Technology Company Safe Software Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of New HQ with BC Tech Partnership

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The partnership brings BC Tech programs and workshops
to Surrey hosted at Safe Software

Safe Software’s BC Tech Partnership Announcement at the Safe Software Open House Dec. 10 to bring BC Tech’s programs and resources to Surrey. (From left) City of Surrey Councillor Steven Pettigrew; Elizabeth Model, CEO of the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association; Dale Lutz, Co-Founder and Vice President of Safe Software; Don Murray, Co-Founder and President of Safe Software; Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech Association.

Safe Software, one of Surrey’s largest technology companies, is celebrating a milestone one-year anniversary since moving into its new Surrey headquarters at the Health and Technology District, with the announcement of a new partnership with BC Tech Association to bring their innovative programs and workshops to Surrey, hosted at Safe Software.

Safe Software made the partnership announcement last night at the open house for its new headquarters with its more than 170 employees, plus partners, customers and community dignitaries.

“As one of Surrey’s largest technology companies, we are a made-in-Surrey success story, and we grew from humble beginnings in a basement office to an internationally renowned company with more than 170 employees,” says Don Murray, Co-Founder and President of Safe Software.

“Surrey has always been our home and we are proud to continue to support the city and the communities where we live and work. We are excited to embark on a new era of Safe Software at our new HQ at the Health and Technology District, and this partnership with BC Tech will not only enable us to continue our commitment to help Surrey grow but also to help businesses in Surrey flourish,” says Dale Lutz, Co-Founder and Vice President of Development at Safe Software.

The Safe Software BC Tech Surrey Series will bring the innovative programs and workshops to Surrey so that Surrey and Fraser Valley residents have access to them without needing to commute to Vancouver. The Surrey Series will include tech leadership roundtables, panel discussions and workshops hosted at Safe Software’s offices beginning in 2020.

“Surrey and the Fraser Valley is home to a growing technology sector and it is important to focus on helping educate, attract and retain home-grown talent in this region to help tech businesses thrive,” says Jill Tipping, BC Tech President and CEO. “We are excited to partner with Safe Software as one of Surrey’s largest technology companies, to provide tech networking opportunities and resources to this region’s innovation industry.”

Safe Software moved into the City Centre 2 building at the Health and Technology District in 2018, after spending 20 years at its original Surrey location, in order to accommodate the company’s growth. The new Safe Software HQ is located amongst a busy cluster of innovators, entrepreneurs, clinicians, and healthcare providers, and the opportunity to collaborate with these companies is a big reason Safe Software decided on the location.

Its new HQ boasts 57,000 sq. ft. of space occupying the top five floors of the City Centre 2 building with 360-degree views of the North Shore Mountains and Mount Baker and features a private 6,000 sq. ft. green rooftop terrace. The new space features 196 individual offices, 19 meeting rooms, 8 informal collaboration spaces, a large staff cafeteria/lounge and an in-house fitness centre complete with showers and day lockers.

Safe Software is a major community supporter, recently donating $1-million to the Surrey Hospital Foundation to kick off the Children’s Health Centre Renewal campaign and its team members are strong believers of supporting and investing in local youths and future generations.

About the BC Tech Association:

BC Tech is a non-profit dedicated to making British Columbia the best place to grow and scale a tech company. It pursues this mission by: providing the places and events for the community to come together; impactful programs that help companies grow, scale, export and adopt technologies; up to date information about the tech sector; and the solutions required to ensure its industry and Province continue to grow and thrive. www.wearebctech.com

About Safe Software:

Safe Software is a technology company based in Surrey, British Columbia, founded by Don Murray and Dale Lutz in 1993. Its data integration platform, FME, enables over 10,000 organizations worldwide to use and share their data where, when, and how it’s needed, including McDonald’s China, The Weather Network, the US Department of the Interior, the City of Surrey, and Vancouver International Airport (YVR). In 2018, the company moved to its new corporate headquarters in the Health and Technology District to accommodate its continued growth and ongoing commitment to the Surrey community. www.safe.com

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Surrey Roads Take a Technology Leap with new Advanced Traveler Information System

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Surrey’s Advanced Traveller Information System (ATIS) Dynamic Messaging Sign showing
alternate adjacent route choices for City Centre via 100 Ave, 104 Ave and 108 Ave.

Surrey, BC – The City of Surrey announced the launch of its Advanced Traveller Information System (ATIS), which will help motorists make more informed decisions to improve their commute, reduce the environmental impact of driving, and lessen driver frustration.

“As we activate our Dynamic Messaging Signs, the City of Surrey is opening up even greater possibilities to make traffic safer, improve flow, and reduce environmental impact,” said Mayor Doug McCallum. “Surrey has been recognized for being at the forefront of leading-edge, innovative communications technologies. The Advanced Traveller Information System that is being launched today is the latest example of how we are continuously improving our traffic information network in Surrey.”

Three overhead, full colour LED, Dynamic Messaging Signs are situated to provide alternate adjacent route choices for City Centre-bound drivers arriving from Highway 1 in the north and Highway 99 in the south. The first is located westbound on 104 Avenue at 154A Street and provides route options via 100 Avenue, 104 Avenue and 108 Avenue. The second sign, at the 5500 block of King George Boulevard, displays options via 132 Street, 140 Street and King George Boulevard. The third, situated eastbound on the 152 Street off ramp from Highway 1, shares real-time travel to Surrey’s downtown via 100 Avenue, 104 Avenue and 108 Avenue.

The signs display travel times derived from data collected and analyzed from fifty Bluetooth sensors installed last year at selected traffic signals throughout the city’s northwest. The ATIS detects anonymized Bluetooth-enabled devices on the roads, encrypts the data and routes it to the Traffic Management Centre (TMC), where a computer tracks the speed and travel time of the detected devices as they move through the city. A comparison of real-time speeds to historical speeds alerts staff when road links are travelling slower than normal, and traffic signals are then adjusted and the public is alerted to changing traffic conditions.

This new system is supported by TMC traffic engineers and technologists who actively manage more than 2,500 traffic devices across approximately 316 square kilometres of city space. ATIS will fully integrate with the City’s other systems, including the exclusive wireless radio communications system, nearly 500 traffic cameras, and over 410 networked traffic signals to improve safety and travel times.

For more information about how Surrey is moving forward with safer, smarter mobility,
visit: www.surrey.ca/TMC

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The Growth Of Mobile Gaming In Canada

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The market for mobile gaming continues to grow alongside rapidly moving technological advancements. It was the fastest-growing sector in 2018. Canadians love gaming, and the country is home to one of the highest per capita percentages of video gamers worldwide, with a growth of 5% in mobile gaming during 2018. A recent report from EEDAR and the mobile research firm Sensor Tower shows that mobile gaming revenues are continuing to grow. Mobile Gaming now represents the largest income chunk in the gaming market.

Most Mobile Gamers Are Female

While you may associate gaming with younger men competing avidly in esports or sitting alone at home, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In reality, published demographics on mobile gaming have shown that 51% of mobile gamers in 2018 were female; a very interesting development in what has been seen as a male-dominated area.

Twenty-three million Canadians are gamers, and 46% of these play most often on mobile devices. Games ranging from Candy Crush Saga and Pokémon Go to League of Legends, and Fortnite shows just how wide and deep the choice is. These immersive experiences are available on mobile for any sex and age group.

Adults Favour Chance Genre Games

A large percentage of Canadian adults of both sexes favour chance genre games, from puzzles to popular casino titles. Their influence was a significant factor in skill/chance games, becoming one of the top three highest-grossing genres, alongside puzzle and strategy. These three combined to drive 56% of all mobile revenue in 2018.

However, the most popular option for mobile gaming among the adult audience is casino games, such as slots and tables games. Canadian players simply love gambling. Many online casinos are now offering extremely generous bonuses for Canadian, which you can check out if you click here. The growth of gambling amongst adults only seems to keep growing.

Children Represent 20% Of All Gamers

Surprisingly, younger children aged between 2 and 12 represent a massive 20% of all Canadian gamers. With 71% of parents actively engaging in gaming at least once a week with their kids, they hear about the most popular or upcoming games by word of mouth. Children are much more likely to use tablets over smartphones for mobile play, with 83% using them, compared to 54% of adults. They play around 5 hours a week on average and spend around $17 every year on new games.

Mobile Esports Is The Future

A staggering 94% of Canadians own a mobile device. Unsurprisingly, this means that 46% of Canadian gamers play most frequently on mobile. The high speeds and low latency that 5G promises to deliver are sure to increase this figure. It will make it faster and easier to stream and play games, whichever mobile device gamers choose. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity, especially to the already popular multi-player esports market.

Counter-Strike and Starcraft 11 are two of the most popular esports options for Canadian players. Counter-strike is currently played by 18 professional Canadian teams, who have won well over $1,500,000 in prize money. Game development companies are busy making huge profits with the launch of games like Clash Royale, which you can check out if you click here. This multi-player battle arena yielded $1 billion in revenue before it had even been on the market for one year.

Canada has already hand-grown many successful gaming companies that could well prove to be the pioneers of this new age of mobile gaming. Keep a lookout for some exciting developments.

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Spice up your life

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It is hard to imagine our modern lifestyle without being online. An average person does almost major activities via the Internet – work, studying, shopping, and other entertaining stuff, like games and communication. If you are single and do not have time for personal meetings, now it is even possible to date online.

It is an excellent way to contact people for those who do not want to be obligated to anything. Online dating creates a convenient platform for easy and informal conversation, so give yourself a try and enjoy your freedom right now.

How to break the ice dating online?

Obviously, it is hard to guess what may draw the attention of a person you like online. To begin with, try to talk about these daily and neutral topics to get to know each other better: workplace, hobbies, and lifestyle. Talking about these things will let you discover the necessary information about your interlocutor.

Do you want to write something special?

Okay, you see an attractive profile and like that person. So you have been talking for a while, and now you want to type something more than just «I like you». However, before texting, you confront the questions popping up in your head: «What should I exactly write?». Of course, you may be confused, and it is not a problem now with the prepared sex quotes for him and her.

Do you want to have an intimate talk? Do you want to flirt? There you will find quotes for any type of conversation. Flirtatious talk is an art you must practice. However, you can simply make a quick click, and you already have full access to the enormous list of phrases and words, which turn on your partner.

Moreover, there is a great variety of memes, letting you both continue texting without being bored. Believe, afterward, this will help you to bring the conversation on a completely different level.

If you want to impress someone special, click and go to this website review, which also allows you to have a look at the top list of the online dating sites. It rates them according to the major aspects: prices, security, and safety, delivery of service. Using this review, you are assured of getting the best.

Tips for diversifying texting

Let’s say you start talking to someone online, and you want to be closer, but you do not have the opportunity for this. It is reasonable being online. How exactly? These pieces of advice will definitely help you:

  • Send photos. Take pictures of what you are doing to let the person on the other side, look at your appearance, know where you are at, and see your surroundings at a particular time.
  • Record videos. Send videos where you laugh, smile, and talk. Watching as someone doing these things recorded specially for you makes you feel, as you were both together.
  • Make a video call. A specific shade of intimacy will obviously help you to be in touch.

Now that you have all the necessary information regarding improving communication online, you are sure to have a nice talk.

It is clear, you cannot refuse the fact that online dating is worth trying. Hundreds of your desires can be expressed and embodied through simple texting. Dive into the world of online dating where you can be free and get pleasure from informal and spontaneous talks.

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