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LEADING EDGE LOCAL GOVERNMENT
CBD. In November 2015, the Adelaide Smart City Studio was
opened to create an entrepreneurial hub where innovators can
showcase their creativity and promote the vast opportunities set
to be created by the next phase of internet use -- the Internet of
Things (IoT). In the same year, Adelaide was named Australia's
first smart and connected 'Lighthouse City' by international tech
But Adelaide's smart city journey has really only just begun.
The road map is the City of Adelaide's Smart City strategy, for
which its Chief Information Officer, Peter Auhl, is responsible. He
says it was the citizen-centric approach to formulating the plan
that sets Adelaide apart.
'Where other cities around the world have let technology
drive their smart city strategy, we designed ours around
people. So, even though technology will be central to delivery,
our systems will be more user-friendly, and go to the core of
customer concerns,' he says.
'Basically, we put our feet in the shoes of residents, business
owners, investors and visitors, and [we] walked a mile with them
to discover what their issues with the city were. What are the
barriers that stop them coming to Adelaide? Our belief is simple.
If you address those concerns, and make the city experience
more streamlined, [then] more people will choose to come --
and that's the key to growth.'
Unanimously supported by Council, Adelaide's Smart City
strategy has been captured in a thought-provoking visual
storyboard known as 'Claire's Story'. Through the eyes of a former
resident planning to return to Adelaide and set up a city-based
enterprise, it illustrates the many opportunities for enhancing
people's city experience through digital technology.
'Now it's about implementing technology-based solutions
to remove the barriers and build 21st-century infrastructure that
will make Adelaide a first-choice destination,' says Auhl.
Last year, the City of Adelaide revealed a game-changing
plan to become Australia's first capital city to construct a
transformational 10-gigabit optical fibre worldwide network,
complementing the current NBN rollout and the South
Australian Government's Gig City project, which will deliver
higher-speed internet services to the city.
Building on Adelaide's existing infrastructure, Ten Gigabit
City uses an interconnected hub to enable businesses to
connect with a new global fibre network and cloud-based data
centres where speed and big data transfer is not inhibited by
current internet congestion. This will connect local businesses,
institutions, governments and researchers to each other --
opening up new and exciting innovations and opportunities.
City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese says that the
network is essential infrastructure for investment attraction,
which could transform the competitiveness of the city.
'Ten Gigabit City can be the solution for attracting head
offices to Adelaide, creating jobs, driving creativity, innovation,
investment and so much more,' he says.
'This project will put Adelaide firmly on the map as a
destination of choice for digital-rich big-data businesses within
the health, education, creative, finance and defence sectors -- to
name just a few.'
The rollout of the Ten Gigabit City project is underway,
with a worldwide invitation issued for expressions of interest
to build and operate the infrastructure. Already, it has garnered
the support of internationally recognised figures like Professor
Edward J Blakely, Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative, and
Honorary Professor in Urban Policy at the University of Sydney.
'This network has the potential to totally transform the City
of Adelaide,' says Professor Blakely.
'Not only does it anticipate the future needs of businesses,
but it will establish the city as an early adopter of innovative
technologies. Throughout the United States, we have seen that
decisions like this have been key to driving innovation and new
sources of growth.'
Another of Adelaide's major Smart City projects is Smart
Parking. 'Parking is one of the concerns people have with
coming into the city, so we're developing technology-based
solutions to remove that barrier and, at the same time, value-add
to their city experience,' says Auhl.
Ten Gigabit City
can be the solution
for attracting head
offices to Adelaide,
investment and so
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