Case Study – City of Edmonton, Alberta
How the City of Edmonton improved traffic counting, analytics, and queue mitigation at their Waste Management Center and four Eco-Stations
The City of Edmonton, Alberta
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. As of 2021, Edmonton had a city population of approx. 1,1 million and a metropolitan population of 1,4 million, making it the fifth-largest city in Canada.
Next to the Edmonton Waste Management Center you can find four Eco-stations. The Proalytics system is installed at all four Eco-stations in May 2021. In total 14 Proalytics Smarthosts were installed and operational without interruption since then.
The Proalytics Dashboard solution provides the City of Edmonton real-time visibility of dwell-times and traffic-count next to average dwell-times and traffic in their four Eco-stations. Managing spontaneous attendance is an important differentiator for a municipality. Citizens now know what the best time is to come to an eco-station and can divert to other Eco-stations with reduced dwell-times.
The Proalytics Smarthost detects smart devices with its directional antenna, anonymizes the raw data and sends the anonymized data to the Proalytics Cloud servers through 4G. The Proalytics Smarthosts are plug-and-play, remotely configured and even contain a heating device for the harsh winter climate of Edmonton.
Proalytics does not require any kind of software or app to be installed on a resident’s phone or at the Eco-stations and is completely GDPR / PIPEDA / AVG compliant. Edmonton has complete data-ownership and can access all anonymized data and consolidated data through the Proalytics REST API.
Ambelside Eco-Station layout
Each of the four Eco-Stations were visited by Proalytics engineers where routing and the best spots for placing the Proalytics Smart hosts were determined. A local installation company installed the Proalytics Smarthosts and tuned the directional detection devices.
Proalytics Management Dashboard
After the Proalytics Smarthosts were installed, they were remotely configured by Proalytics to communicate with the Proalytics Cloud servers. After a learning period of two weeks and fine-tuning various settings, live data was gathered and matched against real, visual, data at the Eco-station to make sure the data is reliable.
By choosing Proalytics, the City of Edmonton received the following deliverables:
The waste management receives consolidated information of traffic through the Proalytics Dashboard which helps making data driven decisions to improve operations and reduce costs
Improved management practices
Improved management practices and personal employability
Realtime visitor count per Eco-station and per Proalytics Smarthost
Reduced Waiting Lines
Reduced and visible waiting lines at Eco-Stations
Spread of Traffic
Better spread of traffic between the various Eco-stations
Structuring and Routing
Better structuring and routing of traffic inside the Eco-stations
Increased website traffic of the Eco-stations
Reduced Covid Contamination Risk
Reduced Covid contamination risk due to better spreading traffic in regard of time of day and chosen Eco-station
The City of Edmonton is very satisfied with the provided solution by Proalytics and has extended their contract with Proalytics. Several of their wishes will be implemented in Proalytics shortly. We thank the City of Edmonton for their trust in Proalytics!