Digital Innovation

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Waterfront Toronto asked for:

  • World-class digital infrastructure that advances sustainability, improved mobility, and economic development and supports data-informed decision-making

Sidewalk Labs proposed:

Sidewalk Labs' illustration of a Koala Mount

  • Ubiquitous internet connectivity including WiFi access throughout the neighbourhood, and the ability for residents, workers and visitors to securely remain connected to their home or office network at any location using “software-defined networking”

  • Use of “Super-PON (Passive Optical Network)” technology to create higher fibre optic internet bandwidth

  • To deploy a standardized mount (an “urban USB”), called Koala or a Koala standardized mount, on street fixtures like light poles that would allow sensors and devices to be installed and connected to power and internet

  • A decentralized digital credential system to allow individuals to be identified with minimal necessary information

Other elements of Sidewalk Labs’ proposals:

  • There is no privatization of public assets or roles explicitly proposed, though this may occur if: (i) Sidewalk Labs retains an operational interest in Koala mounts, rather than selling them outright; and/or (ii) a decentralized credential system encourages or promotes reliance on privately-issued, rather than government-issued, credentials

  • Proposed solutions are intended to be complementary to, and not exclusive of, existing practices

Sidewalk Labs' concept for Office Schedulers

Sidewalk Labs' concept for Office Schedulers

Waterfront Toronto’s Note to Reader Review:

  • The Sidewalk Labs proposal primarily sets out potential updates and/or improvements to existing practices (for example internet access, sensor installation, proving a credential), as opposed to net-new practices. Each of these proposals is presented as being complementary to, not exclusive of, existing practices

  • Since 2008, Waterfront Toronto has had an agreement with Beanfield Metroconnect as the non-exclusive provider for connectivity in all new neighbourhoods. Beanfield is obligated to maintain the network’s service among the best in the world for at least 10 years after the completion of the final building in the waterfront. Sidewalk Labs would be obligated to work with Beanfield Metroconnect in the provision of its ubiquitous network connectivity

Waterfront Toronto’s early thinking on risks to consider:

  • Reliance on third party decisions (such to create Koala-compatible devices or integrate with a digital credential system) to achieve benefits

  • Potential creation of a preferential environment for vendors who have partnerships or capacity to create Koala-compatible devices or integrate with credential system

  • Potential that a bad actor could gain access to data flowing through Koala mounts or prevent public realm data from being shared in an open, non-discriminatory manner

  • Potential that reducing the burden of installing devices that collect personal information could lead to increased surveillance

  • Potential that Koala mounts or other Sidewalk Labs-installed technology could be a target for malicious activity that disrupts infrastructure

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