VivaScoop - April 2023
Updated: Aug 9
Welcome to Viva Scoop, your monthly overview of everything Vivacity Technologies. The month of April has come and gone, bringing many reminders of the warm summer days just around the corner. In fact, Kamloops was the hottest city in Canada last weekend, which means those who enjoy the heat are likely in for a treat over the coming months! In addition, you might have seen more of Vivacity lately on LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook - big kudos to Farzin for all the hard work on designing and executing our marketing plan and spreading the good word! Lots of exciting things to share this month, so without further ado here’s Viva Scoop April.
Vivacity Secures $100,000 of IRAP Funding
Over the last year and a half the Viva team has worked hard on a few key skills. One of these is our ability to access government grants to support our product development and R&D activities.
To continue this trend, in April we announced that Vivacity has secured $100,000 of funding through the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). This funding will support our ongoing research and development in the Intelligent City and Living Lab space, specifically developing an open data platform aimed at making cities more efficient and responsive to current and future challenges.
At Vivacity Technologies, we are committed and proud to be the trusted technology partner for our valued clients. And this funding will enable us to expand our team and expertise in this space, and provide even more innovative solutions to our clients. A massive thank you to the Viva team, including Stefano Stamato, Jaime Sedore and Farzin Rahman for all their hard work.
Next Steps for Kelowna’s Intelligent City Program
One of the cool projects we have the honor of working on is the City of Kelowna’s Intelligent City program. Since mid-2022 we’ve done a ton of market research, including several deep dives into how technology empowers city workers, as well as identifying barriers that need to be overcome to make truly intelligent cities a reality. If you’re curious to learn more about what we learned on that front, our team put together this two-page overview - feel free to check it out!
Over the next few months we’ll be building on this knowledge by creating a LoRaWAN IoT lab which we’ll lock down using VivaPKI. Our research so far has given us lots of ideas on how to accelerate intelligent cities, and this lab is the foundation we’ll use to put our hypotheses to the test with real usage scenarios!
If securing IoT workflows and getting better visibility and access to your data sounds interesting to you, please let us know here! We’d love to learn more about what you do and the challenges you’re facing!
Our Journey with Simpcw Resources Group
At Vivacity, we're committed to being a trusted technology partner for our clients and to help organizations focus on both current foundational pieces, as well as what the future might look like for your business, all from an IT lens.
In our most recent blog post, Vivacity is excited to share one of our proudest journeys in this mission by showcasing our IT Assessment and now virtual Chief Technology Officer work with Simpcw Resources Group (SRG). Being a part of this positive change for a thriving First Nations organization in British Columbia has been an incredible privilege and honour for us.
We're grateful for the opportunity to collaborate and learn from such an inspiring team at SRG. Discover more about our exciting and ongoing journey with SRG and learn how we can help your organization identify and solve any IT-related challenges.
'On the other side' for the District of Logan Lake RFP
Finally, for this week of Viva Scoop we’d like to highlight a particularly interesting project from our perspective. Most of the time the Vivacity team is responding to Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from government agencies and municipalities. However, in one of our latest projects we’ve been lucky enough to help a district release an RFP and gather prospective bids. We literally find ourselves on the other side of the table.
The awesome District of Logan Lake has a population of a little over 2,000 and is one of the highest-elevation communities in B.C. Over the years the organization has expanded and is now looking for a managed IT Service Provider. Given this is work we don’t typically undertake, Vivacity was keen to support the district with developing and releasing the RFP.
Being on the other side of the RFP process has been a great experience so far. There’s still pressure to get the RFP scoped out correctly, but I’d say it's a titch easier sitting on this side. Finally, thanks again for tuning in and we hope you all have a wonderful May!
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