Feature image: Bayside Toronto Master Plan – via Tridel
As you are probably aware, Toronto was named Intelligent Community of the Year by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF). It doesn’t matter whether the community is a large urban centre, a suburb, a rural region, or the coast, ICF focuses primarily on the understanding, execution, and innovation revolving around broadband. So, let’s take a closer look at why Toronto took home top honours this year.
Beanfield Metroconnect was definitely a deciding factor at this year’s ICF Awards. Beanfield is a company that is building a fibre-optic network along Toronto’s waterfront, aiming to connect residents and neighbourhoods with speeds of 500 Mbps for uploading and downloading, which is much faster than what is currently available. The fibre-optic network will connect directly to residential condo buildings, including Canary District by Dundee Kilmer, Aqualina at Bayside by Tridel and Hines, Monde Condominiums by Great Gulf, and Pier 27 by Cityzen and Fernbrook Homes.
Not only will the fibre network allow connection within the homes, but neighbourhood-wide Wi-Fi will also be available with unlimited access (no restrictions and no data caps). Beanfield is calling the project the Intelligent Community Network.
The project also involves the development of a unique community portal, NewBlueEdge.ca, where locals can receive and share information about events and activities in the neighbourhood. This portal will allow residents and visitors to fully take advantage of all that the community has to offer.
Dundee Kilmer’s Canary District lands (the West Don Lands) are where 10,000 athletes and officials for the Pan Am/Parapan Games will live next summer. The Athletes Village will be the most connected in the world thanks to Beanfield, providing athletes with the infrastructure to accommodate speeds of up to 250 Mbps, with the capacity to go much faster.
Beanfield’s Intelligent Community Network will connect tens of thousands on one of Canada’s largest waterfront cities, and there are plans to extend the fibre network north to service the entire city. This is why Toronto is the ICF’s 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year.
In order to keep up with world class cities like Toronto, Southwestern Ontario needs to start developing its own fibre network. The SWIFT project aims to connect approximately 3.5 million people with fibre-optic high speed Internet in Southwestern Ontario, providing speeds of up to 1 Gbps. This would make Southwestern Ontario one of the fastest and connected regions in the country and the world.
Now is the time to move towards the future. The longer it takes, the further behind the regions will fall, with many areas already operating at a snail’s pace of 0.5 Mbps. This is simply unacceptable! Contact your county office today let them know that you deserve high speed Internet, and take the SWIFT survey today to fill us in about your connection.