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New Smart City Innovation Program brings together global capabilities and structured Proofs of Concept Labs in Milton Ontario.


3Open Labs and the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre (MEVIC) have partnered with global IoT technology company BlueSurge to begin new Smart City Technology Labs and programs in Halton Region.

“By teaming up with BlueSurge we look forward to helping to bring the global experience and proven technologies to municipalities across Canada to help drive adoption and provide operational standards”, said Craig Stark, Executive Director of 3Open Labs. “The Critical Information Infrastructure requires a secure, robust and infinitely scalable architecture.”

3Open Labs, which is located at the centre of Ontario’s Innovation Corridor in the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre has been working to build partnerships and expertise in IoT, AI and Blockchain innovations within the community since 2017. This partnership will mark the launch of a sector specific program in Smart Cities, hosted at the MEV Innovation Centre beginning in fall 2018.

“We can help minimize the redundancy of rethinking existing services and how to monetize them vs. make bets on abstract startup concepts alone” says Stark, “BlueSurge has demonstrable services from all over the world. We encourage innovating with local startups, where we can vet their solutions and integrate them via our PoC Lab to security test, validate with customers and make them market ready”.

The Smart City program will begin with a series of Discovery Days sessions, developed for municipal groups in the 401 corridor. Customers will get a high-level understanding of all the moving pieces, new strategies and long term savings they can achieve through the Smart City Roadmap Workshops. Offerings will also include customized workshops and assistance with the launch of individual pilots for groups interested in discovering how to better approach Smart City Projects.

“With BlueSurge, the heavy lifting has been done with the back end services which are future proofed” said Amir Rashid, Managing Director of BlueSurge. “Combining our SurgeCloud Platform which leverages Microsoft Azure Stack and our own custom developed edge interfaces, security, analytics and functional dashboards, we can quickly deliver on the promise of Smart City citizenry-based outcomes.”

About 3Open Labs
3Open Labs is a strategic partner focused on fostering collaboration through corporate engagement, open innovation programming and solidifying startup capabilities. The MEV Innovation Centre is a strategic initiative of Milton Economic Development. For more information about the MEV Innovation Centre and its partners, visit

3OpenLabs is at 555 Industrial Drive, Milton, Ontario

About BlueSurge
BlueSurge Technologies is at the forefront of platform, data infrastructure and service delivery innovation for enterprise and publicly managed solutions where convergence of networked computing, large scale data management with real-time machine intelligence is driving the integration of the physical and virtual worlds.