Free Wi-Fi, parking sensors among planned digital improvements in downtown Oakville

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Published October 1, 2021 at 4:12 pm

Downtown Oakville is getting digital with plans underway to install parking sensors, digital information kiosks, public Wi-Fi and more. INHALTON PHOTO

Oakville residents will soon be able to enjoy free public Wi-Fi downtown.

Free internet access, parking sensors and digital information kiosks headline a number of Smart technologies set to be installed by the Town of Oakville downtown before March 2022.

These initiatives are among a number smart city technologies the town is implementing through its Digital Oakville Plan.

“The Town is excited to take this next step to digitally transform downtown Oakville and enhance the experience for visitors and businesses,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“We are committed to exploring new technologies and innovative ways to connect our community and improve access to public services.”

The digital transformation begins this month when some 1,200 parking sensors will be in installed in downtown Oakville streets and parking lots to help residents manage parking.

The sensors will allow the Town to provide real time information to help downtown visitors find available parking spaces.

The phased installation of the sensors, which begins this Monday, October 4, will impact a small area of downtown parking as they are put into place.

In the coming months, digital information kiosks, free public Wi-Fi and pedestrian counters will also be installed along Lakeshore Road East between Navy and Allen streets to further enhance the downtown experience for visitors.

The three digital information kiosks will help visitors learn more about what is happening in downtown Oakville, while free public Wi-Fi, which will be available to all downtown visitors by March 2022, will help people stay connected.

The installation of the pedestrian counters will allow the Town to capture foot traffic data along Lakeshore Road East.

The data will be used to understand seasonal trends and provide meaningful information to transportation planning to make evidence-based decisions and improve access to services.

“I am proud of the progress we are making through our Digital Oakville Plan that directly supports the town’s vision as the most livable town in Canada,” said Chief Administrative Officer Jane Clohecy.

“Being more digitally connected with our community is vital to future business and employment growth and sustainability, and also an important aspect of enhancing and providing services in Oakville.”

To learn more about Oakville’s Digital Strategy go to oakville.ca.

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