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CTV News – Smart parking coming to Stratford

Interview via CTV Kitchener News – From CTV Kitchener’s Krista Simpson: Drivers in Stratford may soon be able to find open parking spots from their phone. Watch Bill Fox share about FoxNet’s participation in the smart parking project in the City of Stratford. Watch here. 

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CBC News – Parking spots of the future being tested in Stratford, Ont.

Article via CBC – Stratford, Ont. has launched a new smart parking pilot project that aims to pave the way for the future of parking spots. The new initiative is powered by a Long Range Wireless Area Network (LoRaWAN) and includes 78 sensors embedded in the asphalt in parking spaces. Together the technology provides real-time information on whether a parking space is occupied or …

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Techvibes – Stratford embraces smart city solutions with new parking pilot

Article via Techvibes – A group of Canadian organizations is helping to put real smart city solutions into action in the city of Stratford with a new announcement surrounding how to better use parking spaces. An important factor of this project is the open data proponent, as transparency is key when it comes to making decisions regarding building a smart city. …

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Canadian Tech News – Stratford, Ontario moves forward with smart parking pilot project

Article via Canadian Tech News – Ontario’s City of Stratford has announced that it is moving forward on a joint pilot project with eleven-x, FoxNet and Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX) that will help track usage of municipal parking spaces. Following approval by the Stratford City Council in the fall of 2017, a total of 78 parking sensors (also called “pucks”) …

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Stratford Partners with ODX, eleven-x, FoxNet on Smart Parking Pilot Project

Stratford, February 16th, 2018 – The City of Stratford is moving forward on an innovative pilot project that will enable it to track the usage of municipal parking spaces, and eventually make that data available to the public. The smart parking initiative, which brings the City together with partners eleven-x, FoxNet and Canada’s Open Data Exchange (ODX), involves sensors embedded …

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IoT and Industry 4.0

by William Dupley I was reading a recent article in Canadian Business weekly regarding the reshoring of manufacturing jobs in North America. Here is a quote from the article: “Manufacturing is returning to North America. It is called “re-shoring” and is happening for several reasons. Chief among these is that labour costs in Canada and the United States are becoming …

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IoT: A real business solution or just another technology fad?

by William Dupley I was reading an article this week about a city that has invested millions in its IoT initiative. The article discussed all the things the city will now be able to do with the data it will collect from these sensors, and the possibilities were very interesting. This IoT system was implemented in the city in 2016, …

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Hybrid IT: Barriers and Challenges

by William Dupley  Last month I talked about what I wished I asked my Cloud Provider before I bought them. This month I will continue to discuss the barriers and challenges to implementing a Hybrid IT Operating Model. A good military planner spends a great deal of time understanding the obstacles or barriers to achieving a battle’s objectives. The Battle …

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Why Hybrid Cloud is the New Normal for Enterprises

We are living in times when it’s hard to imagine our lives without technology. Our centre of command is sitting in our pockets, and we are just a few taps away from booking a flight, checking our bank account or reading the news about our favourite football team. Our fast pace of life demands uninterrupted access to each application on …

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What I Wish I’d Known before Choosing My Cloud Provider

by William Dupley A recent survey by IT optimization experts indicated that almost half (40%) of organizations who use the public cloud report eventually switching back to onsite storage due to dissatisfaction with what the cloud delivers. In other words, 40% of organizations report that the experience of using the public cloud did not substantially improve the efficiency of their …

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October Events Recap

FoxNet hosted two events during the month of October, Apps on the Patio and the Internet of Things for Public and Private Organizations. Apps on the Patio, on October 19, 2017, at Beertown Public House. The FoxNet team and guests enjoyed one of the last warm days of October in the Greenhouse room, with the help of local craft beers …

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Assessing Your Organization’s IT Maturity

by William Dupley In our last blog, we considered the three common problems that organizations encounter when implementing a cloud maturity model. If you recall, a cloud maturity model helps organizations assess and plan their journey to cloud and hybrid IT. However, many businesses run into challenges, stemming from a misunderstanding of what technology they truly need to accomplish their …

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The Cloud Maturity Model and Its Role in Strategic IT Development

by William Dupley In this blog, part of our Hybrid IT Hacks series, we’re diving deeper into cloud maturity models. Over this blog and the next, we’ll take a special look at how the Open Data Center Alliance’s cloud maturity model can help businesses and organizations identify what transformations are needed most in their IT departments. As we discussed in …

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Data Privacy, NAFTA, and the Canadian Cloud

An article published in the Waterloo Record reported that the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) may affect Canadian data and the privacy of its citizens. The U.S. has proposed that Canadians should be prohibited from storing their private data exclusively on Canadian servers, arguing that “data should be allowed to flow freely across borders.” Supporters of …

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IT Strategy: Does It Still Have Value? Part 2

by William Dupley The transformation to Hybrid IT must be led by business objectives. In the last IT Strategy blog, we began to consider the question: “does IT strategy still have value?” This time, we’re digging deeper into the details of how to build a rapid Hybrid IT transformational plan, to learn how a robust IT strategy can help your business …

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IT Strategy: Does It Still Have Value? Part 1

by William Dupley We need to transform the IT strategic planning process, but not discard it. In the early 1990s, I worked with dozens of companies to create strategic IT plans that would transform their operational IT models, for the better. At the time, the process of developing and implementing a new IT strategy took years to plan, create, and …

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Introducing Hybrid IT Hacks

Does your tech department need an overhaul? Are you monitoring tech news, struggling to keep up, and wondering which of the latest tech capabilities your business should adopt? This fall, FoxNet is launching a campaign to help businesses take a birds-eye view of what it means to reinvent your IT strategy. We’ll look closely at some of the most recent …

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15th Annual FoxNet Golf Tournament – A Recap

FoxNet hosted its 15th Annual Golf Tournament on August 17, 2017 at Grey Silo, and all of our participants had a great time! Golfers enjoyed food and prizes donated by our generous sponsors. At FoxNet, we believe in working hard, playing hard, and giving back to the community. This year, we raised over $15,000 to donate to Kidsability and Junior …

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