Rampart’s Avenir™ Communities Ltd. and Cisco® today announced they are collaborating in the development of the Rampart’s Avenir Community in St. Albert, part of the Edmonton Capital Region of Alberta.
Together, Rampart and Cisco will direct the planning, design, construction and operations to create the new 400 acre Smart+Connected Community.
“Imagine living in a high quality community with a vibrant village center and unprecedented outdoor and indoor recreational facilities,” said Gerry J. De Klerk, CEO, Rampart Group of companies. “Built on a digital platform residents can work from within their community and travel to work on the digital highway. This Smart+Connected Community will be a leader in significantly reducing costs for employers and taxpayers while simultaneously reducing the carbon footprint. Avenir will provide the best of digital connectivity and a state of the art transportation hub making physical travel as simple as a digital connection. The data utility’s advanced data management systems will make the Avenir™ community a model for continuous improvement in the use of community resources. This capability will be relying on the development of a one gigabit per second data utility infrastructure that provides residents and businesses access to the rapidly expanding digital world.”
“The success of a sustainable community depends on its ability to continuously improve its use of resources and access to services,” explained the Mayor of St. Albert, AB, Nolan Crouse. “The community has to attract business and innovation through a vibrant economic hub. St. Albert is focussed on the development of new, more efficient methods of providing services and attracting business. St. Albert is recognized as the best place in Canada to raise a family and is one of the top five safest cities in Canada. Our goal is to extend St. Albert’s image to being the best place in Canada to work and operate a business.”
“Rampart’s Avenir is a perfect blank canvas in an ideal economic and geographic environment to design and implement the Smart+Connected Communities concepts and solutions,” said Rick Huijbregts, vice president of Smart+Connected Communities at Cisco Canada. “At Avenir, the network will be the platform for innovation, economic and environmental sustainability and the creation of new business opportunities in an information centric world. We look forward to sharing our global expertise and bringing together our global and local partner eco-systems to Avenir and the region as a whole”