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Rampart’s Avenir Communities and Cisco building Smart+Connected Community in St Albert


November 7, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

November 7, 2011 – Rampart’s Avenir Communities Ltd. and Cisco 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 centre 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.”

“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.”

Project highlights
• A $1.8-billion new community where 10,000 residents and commercial enterprises will have access to the “highest technological and environmental standards”.

• The community will be based on Cisco’s Smart+Connected Real Estate solutions whereby security, building automation, home automation, voice, video & data, and IT services all converge on a single platform.

• At Rampart’s Avenir, all services (business and residential)—as well as community experiences—will be based on an ultra-high-speed network infrastructure. The network will also connect the community to Alberta’s Supernet.