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TELUS partners with Google Cloud and NXN Digital to make Canadian cities safer, greener, and smarter

TELUS | February 10, 2022

TELUS is partnering with Google Cloud and NXN Digital to deliver the next-generation of sustainable, efficient, secure, and innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that will empower businesses, communities, and their residents through a vast ecosystem of people-first solutions. This strategic alignment is combining the strength and speed of TELUS’ leading networks with Google Cloud’s infrastructure and data analytics, and NXN Digital’s “smart city as a service” platform, to enable cities and districts of any size to improve the lives of their citizens. From dynamic traffic signaling that reduces congestion and emissions, to data analytics that create smarter, more efficient city planning, the three organizations are transforming the way municipalities operate in our increasingly digital world.

“Today, we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of our 10-year partnership with Google Cloud as well as our strategic collaboration with NXN Digital by accelerating our commitment to Canadian cities and empowering them with the next-generation infrastructure and smart city technologies they need to optimize operations, improve resident safety, reduce costs, and create a more sustainable, healthier future,” said Tony Geheran, Executive Vice-president and Chief Operations Officer, TELUS. “By leveraging our strategic partnerships along with the blazing speed, reliability, and lower latency of our global-leading 5G network, we are creating remarkable outcomes for Canadians.”

Combining the strength of Google Cloud and NXN Digital’s twin technology enables TELUS to deliver a wide range of smart solutions through a seamless, end-to-end experience, ensuring full interoperability between IoT sensors, management platform, and cloud infrastructure, all powered by TELUS’ global-leading connectivity.

“We are building on our strategic alliance with TELUS to help create more sustainable and efficient cities by leveraging scalability, reliability, and intelligence of our cloud,” said Amol Phadke, Managing Director, Telecom Industry Solutions, Google Cloud. “We look forward to continuing our co-innovation journey with TELUS and to supporting the digital transformation of Canadian cities through data, 5G, and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC).”

“We are proud to partner with TELUS to provide data intelligence, geospatial information, and digital twin capabilities through leading cloud and network infrastructure allowing municipalities to make better, more informed decisions,” said Ghazi Atallah, CEO of NXN Digital. “Our smart digital services integration and delivery platform provide the agility districts, municipalities, and urban centers need to rapidly adopt future technologies and break down data silos through one cohesive platform that seamlessly connects all systems, IoT technologies, and data sources together. Our hub of innovation is actively building the cities of the future, improving their efficiency, competitiveness, and quality of life.”

Smarter solutions to build a healthier, safer, greener city

“Our smart city solutions and award-winning networks are transforming the way municipalities operate, enabling them to make impactful data-driven decisions, save energy, improve emergency response times and safety in the community, or monitor traffic for operational efficiency. By partnering with proven leaders, we’re excited to expand the capabilities of our technology in urban and rural communities through projects that make communities and businesses more efficient, productive and safe.”

Navin Arora, Executive Vice-president, TELUS and President, TELUS Business Solutions

TELUS smart city solutions fall within four foundational pillars:
  • Infrastructure and environmental sustainability: Enhancing the way a municipality operates improves quality of life for citizens and contributes to municipalities’ sustainability goals. These smart city solutions include connected lighting, energy management, environmental monitoring, road quality management, and smart waste.
  • Intelligent transportation: Sensors, cameras, and other devices that are built into or near roads, sidewalks, and bike paths, that provide data for innovative software to improve traffic flow in real-time. This data also helps to better inform decisions around infrastructure and city planning, fleet optimization, and economic drivers like tourism hot spots.
  • Public safety and security: Smart city solutions that contribute to public safety and security include advanced video systems that provide not only on-premise security, but video and data analytics. Crucially, these systems aid in emergency response and event management scenarios, allowing for faster response times and better public safety outcomes. Solutions include mission critical communications and connected worker solutions that improve the safety of remote and hybrid workers.
  • Health: Smart devices and virtual healthcare reduce the burden on our health system by enabling seamless processes and execution, making healthcare more accessible and empowering health professionals with tools that let them focus on what they do best: caring for patients. For example, wearables can connect emergency medical technicians with physicians through a secure network as if they were in the ambulance in person.
About TELUS
TELUS is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $16 billion in annual revenue and 16 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. We leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. In 2020, TELUS was recognized as having the fastest wireless network in the world, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better. TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture provides innovative digital solutions throughout the agriculture value chain, supporting better food outcomes from improved agri-business data insights and processes. TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that delivers next-generation AI and content management solutions for global brands across the technology and games, ecommerce and FinTech, communications and media, healthcare, travel and hospitality sectors. TELUS and TELUS International operate in 25+ countries around the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly.

Driven by our passionate social purpose to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to contribute more than $820 million and 1.6 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world.

Spotlight

Many technology trends remain hype and rarely make it to the realm of our everyday reality. Internet of Things (IoT) started off as being futuristic, something to be aspired to, but difficult to apply in the way we live or run businesses. However, today organizations are slowly uncovering the potential of connected devices and sensors that communicate and interact with each other. Organizations are discovering ways to generate business value from IoT, thanks to the proliferation of cloud based services and analytics. The quality of real-time information from IoT related technologies will take the guesswork out of decision-making. And yet, despite the myriad opportunities it offers, IoT adoption has been relatively slow till date. This could be due to the lack of preparedness by businesses with respect to the infrastructure and processes required to deploy – and realize the full potential of – this disruptive technology.

Spotlight

Many technology trends remain hype and rarely make it to the realm of our everyday reality. Internet of Things (IoT) started off as being futuristic, something to be aspired to, but difficult to apply in the way we live or run businesses. However, today organizations are slowly uncovering the potential of connected devices and sensors that communicate and interact with each other. Organizations are discovering ways to generate business value from IoT, thanks to the proliferation of cloud based services and analytics. The quality of real-time information from IoT related technologies will take the guesswork out of decision-making. And yet, despite the myriad opportunities it offers, IoT adoption has been relatively slow till date. This could be due to the lack of preparedness by businesses with respect to the infrastructure and processes required to deploy – and realize the full potential of – this disruptive technology.

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