Smart Mobility R&D Network

The Smart Mobility R&D Network consists of multiple live test environments in various settings. These test environments are designed and built to facilitate hardware and software use-case testing. They feature direct access to all Smart Mobility Network components via direct high-speed fibre internet, 4G, or low latency 5G.

All test environments offer compute-at-the-edge capability, access to CITM’s on-premises and cloud-based development environments, and access to rich datasets collected from CITM’s in-vehicle and roadside sensors.

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Our Test Environments

To date, CITM has constructed two smart city test environments, with more on the way.

Urban Test Environment

Located on the escarpment in the City of Hamilton, this test environment features high-traffic roads, sidewalks with moderate pedestrian traffic, a fire station, and is a complex traffic management environment.

Office Park Test Environment

Located at McMaster Innovation Park, this location features a simpler environment that includes low-traffic roads, less pedestrian traffic, managed crosswalks, and parking lots.

Digital Transparency in the Public Realm

CITM seeks to ensure data privacy and transparency, assuring public users of the intent and use of all related technology. Through a standardized taxonomy and symbols, CITM can educate and remain accountable to the public.

Frequently Asked Questions

Data collected at both the Urban and Office Park test environments consists of environmental (temperature & humidity) data, ambient sound, high-definition video, images, radar signals, and lidar maps for navigation assistance.

Ambient sound data has no capability for voice analysis – only decibel and volume detection. High-definition video and images do not contain any identifiable information, as faces and license plates are redacted. Radar and lidar data does not contain any personal information, and collected data is not used for speed detection for traffic enforcement purposes.

  • Central processing units (for compute-at-the-edge capability)
  • AI Modules
  • Environmental sensors
  • High-definition cameras
  • Lidar
  • Radar
  • Cellular and radio transceivers (for vehicle-to-network communication)

Data collected from the Smart Mobility R&D Network is used exclusively by CITM clients designing and developing connected and autonomous vehicle, smart mobility, and smart city products and solutions. Aggregated data may also be used by academic researchers and institutes such as the McMaster Institute for Transportation and Logistics for academic purposes.

No, network equipment and data is not used by law enforcement. Network components and data are for the exclusive use of companies developing products and solutions or for research purposes.

No. Sound data collected from SmartCone intelligent nodes measure only decibels and volume. High-definition video and images containing personally identifiable information such as faces and licenses plates are redacted.

No. Network data is not made available to law enforcement. Radar sensors on the SmartCone intelligent nodes measure vehicle speed, but only for the purposes of CITM client product design and development.