i-CANADA Tool Analyzes Status of "Intelligent Communities"
October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011 -- Dr. Sorin Cohn, i-CANADA.'s Chief Program Officer, today released the first in a set of Intelligent Community Assessment Tools (i-CAT) to guide communities through the process of becoming more globally competitive as "Smart Cities" or "Intelligent Communities" A quick Self Assessment i-CAT tool is already available on-line for community leaders who want to be ahead in the competitive race and want to start working with i-CANADA on the best ways to advance their communities status.

"The set of Assessment Tools is the product of massive collaboration with industry leaders such as IBM, Intel, FunctionFour, ING DIRECT, Miller Thomson, and Rhyzome Networks," said Dr. Cohn. "We collected the available best practices and added our own insights and research. The resulting set of Assessment Tools will reveal a community's factors of strengths and weaknesses, determine its momentum, and help it build the collaboration and e-solutions ecosystem. Understanding this is essential to a community's competitive survival in the open global marketplace"

Take The Test
The i-Community Assessment Tools consist of a combination of information from benchmark data and on-line surveys and the information is organized according to the five layer Intelligent Community Open Architecture Model, (i-COA©). The five layers or domains are: Place, Infrastructure, Collaboration Ecosystem (TM), Solutions and Life - the ultimate domain covering how citizens work, live and play. "This i-COA framework was developed following years of work with municipalities and countries around the world," said Bill Hutchison, creator of the architecture. Mr. Hutchison, Chair of i-CANADA, added that "Our goal is to give Canadian communities a proven model and a path to renewed economic and social innovation through the challenge of competing against other communities to win the "Intelligent Community of the Year" Award, given out annually by the Intelligent Community Forum in New York. A ranking as the Intelligent Community of the Year is a signal of global recognition, but even more important is the fact that all winners of the Intelligent Community of the Year award inevitably achieve the benefits of sustainable new employment, increased economic growth, social prosperity and a greener environment."

Communities Can Spotlight Their Profiles
The Self Assessment i-CAT tool is the first in the i-CANADA Assessment Tool line-up to be offered to communities. The complete detailed Assessment Tool is now being released domain-by-domain and Windsor is "street testing" the Collaboration Ecosystem Domain. Communities that complete the initial i-CAT "Light" assessment will have an opportunity to show their profile and results of the survey at the i-CANADA "New National Dream" event in Windsor, November 16-17.

The online 'light' version of the Assessment Tool will take a municipal official only a few hours to complete, according to Dr. Cohn. Shown below is an example of the profile generated by the i-CAT tool. it shows how easily strengths, weaknesses and relationships can be seen, offering municipal planners both a visual summary of the community and a way to more easily communicate the key elements of the Intelligent City to other officials.

Other Features of the November i-CANADA Meeting: The Windsor i-CANADA meeting is the first meeting of the i-CANADA National Advisory Board and they are being joined by many other Canadians to discuss plans and strategies for raising Canada to become one of the world's leading Intelligent Nations. The Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick and Chair of i-CANDA's Governor's Council is a keynote speaker. His presence is timely considering the Globe and Mail story on October 17th mentioning "50 New Millionaires" that have recently joined the New Brunswick millionaires' club as a result of investments in two New Brunswick companies. New Brunswick's communications infrastructure and collaboration ecosystem have been fundamental factors in New Brunswick's success in the Intelligent Community movement" said Bill Hutchison.

The conference also features global leaders like Suvi Linden, the Communications Minister of Finland when that nation declared that Broadband is a fundamental right; John McDougall, President of the National Research Council; Berry Vrbanovic, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and many other public and private sector leaders. i-CANADA's member communities can leap-frog forward by learning and sharing with the experts in Windsor," stated Mr. Bill Hutchison, Chair of i-CANADA. In the meeting community opinion-leaders will share:
  • How to map their city (Assessment Tool from IBM, Cisco, ING, Function Four, Illuminomics...);
  • How to provoke and channel collaboration (Stakeholders from Healthcare, Social Media...);
  • How other cities have done it (from Europe to Central America);
  • Why the job of i-Community 'driver' is the most important one in society today (Suvi Linden) ;
  • Why the i-Waterfront "Gigabit per second Community" is an important national standard.
About i-CANADA
I-CANADA is backed by Canada's largest high-tech organization, the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA), and supported by Diamond Sponsors IBM and ING Direct along with a number of other sponsors. The i-CANADA Governors' Council, chaired by The Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick includes Mayors, CEOs of corporations and institutions and Premiers. The National Advisory Board is comprised of a broad cross section of leaders and experts in all areas of society with an interest and expertise in creating our New Digital Economy and supporting the evolution of Canada into one of the world's leading Intelligent Nations. For more information visit: http://www.i-canada-network.ca

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