InnoCité MTL announces startups chosen for its second smart city cohort
As IoT technology grows easier to integrate into our everyday lives, the concept of the “smart city” is becoming increasingly real and attainable. InnoCité MTL, a Montreal-based group described as “Canada’s first smart city accelerator,” has assembled five startups to form its second collective aimed at resolving urban challenges using technology.
According to a statement from InnoCité MTL, these five latest startups were chosen for their ability to solve modern problems outlined in Montreal’s Smart and Digital City 2015-2017 Action Plan. Some of these problems include equipping the city with public WiFi and creating intelligently situated “smart city economic clusters.”
"We're very proud to present this second cohort of five young startups, who respond to the issues faced by urban centres today in new and innovative ways,” states Harout Chitilian, VP of Montreal’s executive committee, in charge of administrative reform, smart city initiatives and information technology. “Montreal is an innovative city and it's thanks to partners like InnoCité that we're able to encourage Montreal's smart city ecosystem to realize its full economic potential.”
The startups chosen are:
- Potloc – a startup aiming to help retailers identify the neighborhoods that need their services most.
- Key2Access – an infrastructure-based “smart city solution for accessible pedestrian crossing.”
- Wedo – an app delivering home services like snow removal and yard maintenance.
- Goowi – a platform to help corporations integrate philanthropic causes into their operations.
- Local Logic – a startup connecting e-commerce sites with insight on neighborhoods.
"The InnoCité MTL accelerator is sustained by its partners—this is a great strength of our organisation and an asset that we wish to highlight in order to ensure the success of our second cohort,” added Béatrice Couture, general manager of InnoCité MTL. “Throughout the program, participating startups will have the opportunity to present their product and receive feedback from a potential client, whether that be the Ville de Montreal or one of our corporate partners. This is critical for bringing a product to market.”
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.