|Cisco and Federation of Canadian Municipalities Collaborate
August 21, 2012
Cisco recently announced its partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to raise awareness and provide education on the benefits of innovation and technology to develop Canada’s 21st century leading cities and communities.
Cisco will provide thought leadership, tools and support to the 2,000 FCM members based on Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities framework for the development of sustainable and competitive cities and communities.
Rick Huijbregts, Vice President of Cisco Canada’s Smart+Connected Communities said, “We applaud the vision of the FCM to embrace technology and innovation as a future-enabler for its member communities. Together, we believe we can provide thought leadership and real-life examples to FCM members that can immediately be used in their own municipalities to foster economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social prosperity. Our unique partnerships celebrates the formation of a nationwide public-private ‘human’ network that will help advocate and accelerate innovation and productivity in Canada.”
The partnership between Cisco and FCM will:
- Seek to cultivate new and innovation solutions to the problems facing municipal governments and their communities
- Empower municipalities to foster, grow and accelerate economic development and social and environmental sustainability
Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities deliver new services and experiences over intelligent community networks to promote economic, social and environmental sustainability. Cisco already has a number of Smart+Connected Communities initiatives throughout Canada with FCM members.
“Municipal governments are on the front lines in meeting the challenges of the 21st century and as a result have a tremendous impact on the daily lives of Canadians. That makes municipal government the right place to start implementing technologies that can make our communities more livable, competitive and sustainable,” noted Brock Carlton, Chief Executive Officer for FCM. He continued, “With its Smart+Connected Communities initiative, Cisco has shown it can help municipalities apply technology to solve challenges and strengthen their communities. FCM looks forward to working with Cisco to help our members build sustainable and competitive cities and communities that will drive growth in Canada and improve our quality of life.”