City announces eight projects for municipal innovation pilot program

Eight projects under the city's Municipal Innovation Pilot Program were unveiled to city council Wednesday.

“The city is one of the first municipalities in Canada to create a program dedicated to finding and experimenting with new and innovative approaches to delivering municipal services," Mayor Jim Watson said in a statement. "I am incredibly excited to see the results of this program.”

The mayor said he expects more pilots to happen in the second year of the program.

The eight projects were selected out of 65 applicants from across the country. The projects will be tested for several months and the selected companies may end up competing for city contracts, although the city is not required to purchase any of these projects or sign any contracts.

Here is a rundown of all eight projects:

VoIPshield, an Ottawa-based company, who will be piloting their VoiceAudit software, which is an important link in ensuring the security of VOIP phone systems.

WAW Technologies, who will test the network monitoring effectiveness of their Catchwire product.

Gamifi will be running a pilot to provide interactive content for upcoming City of Ottawa staff mental health awareness training sessions.

Local start-up, Syncrodata, will pilot their TrendifyLive social media monitoring and analytics tool.

Savvydox will test a cloud-based document collaboration solution that will manage the application process for the Innovation Pilot Program.

Signority has developed an e-signature that will manage the authorization process for the negotiation of City pilot agreements with successful applicants.

Millenium Inc., is a start-up based out of the Waterloo, whose product Lacelabs is an online forum where municipalities can share information regarding pilots that they have undertaken.

Key2Access, in partnership with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind, have developed a product that will assist people with visual and motor impairments in activating the pedestrian walk signal at traffic intersections.