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Sidewalk Labs, whose projects include the controversial smart city quayside development for Toronto, is partnering to form a next-generation infrastructure company that seeks to transform urban systems through technology.

Sidewalk Labs, owned by Google parent, Alphabet, is partnering with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), Canada’s largest single-profession pension plan, to form the independent company, Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners (SIP).

Technology-enabled infrastructure

As Sidewalk Labs began to design and plan advanced infrastructure systems, it said the scope of a broader opportunity for technology-enabled infrastructure throughout North America and beyond emerged.

SIP will focus on five verticals including advanced mobility, energy, water and waste, digital infrastructure and social infrastructure. In all of these verticals, SIP will facilitate the application of technology “to enable sustainable, distributed and intelligent urban infrastructure, creating jobs, improving mobility, and providing more environmentally friendly infrastructure solutions”.

“Sidewalk Infrastructure will give cities an opportunity to deploy next-generation infrastructure,” said Dan Doctoroff, Sidewalk Labs CEO in a statement

“Sidewalk Infrastructure will play an important role in Sidewalk Labs’ ecosystem of products, financing, and development too make cities more inclusive and sustainable,” said Doctoroff.

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