2020: Our year in review

Tue, 2020-12-15 14:58 -- Adam Beck

After many challenges, we ended a year of crisis with celebration and optimism. Our smart cities awards hosted in early December demonstrated the great distance we have come as policy makers, practitioners, innovators and advisers. We would like to share with you our achievements in 2020.

The Smart Cities Value Framework

Sat, 2020-12-12 07:29 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council is delighted to announce a new project that will see the creation of a Smart Cities Value Framework. This Framework will provide both policy makers and practitioners with a means to define and measure the benefit and value of their smart cities actions and investments. With a research and discovery phase underway, the Council is seeking stakeholder input on existing experiences with measuring smart cities project value and preferred attributes of such a framework.

Smart Cities Award winners step up in 2020

Thu, 2020-12-03 17:03 -- Adam Beck

The smart cities leaders of Australia and New Zealand have accelerated their efforts in 2020, with new technology solutions and innovative projects tackling the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic head on.

Eighteen winners have been acknowledged across seven categories for their visionary leadership, best practice projects and real-world impact.

The third annual Smart Cities Awards was presented virtually this year by Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.

Smart Cities Council announces Finalists for the first Readiness Cohorts for 2021

Thu, 2020-11-19 06:02 -- Shawn Gants

The Smart Cities Council is proud to announce the finalists for Readiness Cohort Leaders for the First Quarter of 2021. From Brisbane, Australia to Moscow, Russia to eight cities in North America - they represent the best of cities seeking to improve their city's livability, workability and sustainability - and also helping your city in the process.

With a focus on the theme 'cities helping cities,' Readiness Cohort Leaders will advance our collective cause, one city at a time.

Join the world's largest network of smart city practitioners and advance your city's livability, workability and sustainability.

Case Study: Randwick City Implements Engaging Smart City Technology

Thu, 2020-11-05 05:53 -- Adam Beck

Over the past year, Randwick City Council has used smart-city technology to digitise the city and introduce emerging technology to public spaces. By implementing Yellowbox smart lockers at leisure and aquatic centres, as well as beaches, both locals and tourists had the opportunity to experience what engaging smart city technology feels like after using a yellowbox for the first time.

Post COVID Urbanism: Where to next?

Wed, 2020-10-07 10:24 -- Adam Beck

On Tuesday 6th October the Smart Cities Council hosted a discovery session with an online audience of 100, to discuss what our cities need to consider with respect to new mobility, e-commerce and related innovations and disruptions within our cities and communities. And of course, what might be the urban planning and design impacts of this.

Plenary Morning at Smart Cities Week ANZ 2020 - What was said...

Wed, 2020-09-23 18:55 -- Adam Beck

On Monday 21 September we hosted our Plenary Morning for Smart Cities Week Australia New Zealand 2020. In this streamed plenary session we work through a range of topics that support the operationalisation of technology and data investments in a way that focuses on performance and outcomes. This session is about exploring the direct link between smart cities, and social, environment and economic benefit.

Build your own ecosystem for innovation and prosperity

Wed, 2020-09-16 07:21 -- Philip Bane

Did you know that
*Less than one percent of companies ever receive venture capital funding with most failing
*94% of the companies on the Inc. 500 never raised venture funding.
*Only 10% of venture-backed companies had a female founder;
*Only 1% had an African American founder.
Discover how inclusive entrepreneurialism changes this -

Smart Cities Council to provide support to startups under new membership program

Wed, 2020-09-09 05:14 -- Adam Beck

A fresh approach to supporting startups across Australia and New Zealand is underway with the announcement that the Smart Cities Council has broadened its partnership categories to include early stage startups. Under the new partnership program startups will have the opportunity to leverage the local support and global presence of the world’s longest running smart cities organisation focused on catalysing smart cities action and investment.

The Many Different Global Flavors of Open Data Initiatives at Smart Cities Week Global 2020

Wed, 2020-09-09 00:51 -- Philip Bane

Join global data experts at Smart Cities Week Global 2020, exploring how cities around the world are implementing open data initiatives. From China to Mexico, many cities are sharing data with the public to improve transparency and invite collaboration. The goal is to do a deep dive into what makes open data initiatives work and how other cities can improve their own implementations. Click through to learn more.

Learn from CDO Carlos Rivero at Smart Cities Week Global how Virginia used a data trust to fight COVID 19

Tue, 2020-09-08 21:50 -- Philip Bane

Call to action from Commonwealth of Virginia, led by CDO Rivero

The Commonwealth of Virginia, led by its Chief Data Officer Carlos Rivero seeks to help your city address the many barriers to data sharing and review how Virginia was able to stand-up a COVID-19 dashboard in one(1) week sharing data between both state and private entities. This session, led by CDO Rivero and moderated by Dan Wu, both data experts is titled “Data sharing: civic data trusts’

Click through to the main article and sign up for Smart Cities Week Global 2020. Also consider joining a Readiness Cohort about Data Sharing where you work with other cities in resolving common problems. Join by applying to participate in the 2020 Global Readiness Challenge.

Join Nashville's March to Mitigate Urban Flooding Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Wed, 2020-09-02 02:15 -- Philip Bane

Join Nashville, TN in mitigating the effect of urban flooding on vulnerable populations. Working with the Smart Cities Council, Nashville will review all the latest science and determine how data can be used to make its vulnerable communities resilient.

University of Canterbury in global first partnership with Smart Cities Council

Tue, 2020-09-01 07:29 -- Adam Beck

Moves to see the University of Canterbury deliver the most advanced smart cities focused MBA program are under way with the announcement that the University has become the first university globally to sign as a Research and Knowledge Partner with the Smart Cities Council.

Cities helping cities - No barriers to becoming a smart city

Thu, 2020-08-20 23:57 -- Philip Bane

Qualify to become a Readiness Cohort Leader through the Readiness Challenge process and your leadership will be recognized on a global stage with assistance and benefits with a value of over $250,000 - all directed at solving a problem you share with other cities. You will also be showcased monthly through the Council's global digital platform, including editorial, case study development and a video interview series to share with others. Help your city, other cities and accelerate your project planning.

On the 'next' for smart cities, here's what came from our 2020 Town Hall Meeting

Mon, 2020-08-10 17:17 -- Adam Beck

At our inaugural virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday 4th August, we brought together some of the region's leading policy makers and practitioners to reflect on the smart cities agenda over the past 5 years. After a reflection on the past, and a review of the now, here’s what our guests ‘signed off’ with in terms of some insights about what might be next.

The Smart Cities Academy

Tue, 2020-07-28 06:02 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council has launched the Smart Cities Academy to support the diverse professional development needs of the growing smart cities market place. The modules delivered through the Academy cater for early career practitioners as well as advanced professionals and policy makers seeking recognition of their ongoing contribution to the industry.

The Next Spend - Recommendations for a digitally-enabled and data-driven economic recovery

Thu, 2020-06-18 15:37 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council has prepared ‘The Next Spend’ – our recommendations for Australia on a digitally-enabled and data-driven economic recovery. These recommendations respond to key opportunities that use technology and data to accelerate jobs creation and enhance efficiencies, and the savings that go along with those efficiencies.

Digitally enabled urban renewal for the City of Unley

Mon, 2020-06-08 05:50 -- Adam Beck

Just south of the Adelaide CBD in South Australia is the municipality of Unley. Like many suburban communities Unley has a village-like feel with a major road corridor - King William Road - serving as somewhat of a heart to the local services offered to citizens. When it was time for a face lift, SAGE Automation was primed to ensure this community village would benefit from a range a smart communities upgrades that would delivery better community outcomes.

How COVID-19 has been a test case for successful data sharing

Mon, 2020-06-08 05:24 -- Adam Beck

The COVID -19 pandemic has necessitated some practices of data sharing that would normally be caught up in on-going risk management processes ultimately resulting in little action. In this article Geof Heydon and Charlie Gillon of Astrolabe Group share how some Australian States have short circuited the risks, and used trust and innovation to advance data sharing outcomes.

Transportation and our COVID transition

Thu, 2020-06-04 13:53 -- Adam Beck

As we move through this 'transition phase', out of the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, our cities are being stress-tested on a number of fronts. Transport is one such area, as we found out when sitting down with Alana Newbrook of WSP. Alana joined us as part of our series of reflections feeding into our work at the Bounce Lab.

The Five Data Leadership Vitals

Sun, 2020-05-24 06:33 -- Adam Beck

We are delighted to present the Data Leadership Vitals - Purpose, Privacy, Security, Ethics and Governance. They are a set of opportunities we believe to have great leverage in building an organisational culture that values data and the insights that can be generated from it. We would consider them mandatory in any data journey.

TECHFEST 2020: The Waikato's festival of technology and innovation

Thu, 2020-05-21 10:18 -- Adam Beck

On 2 March 2020, smart cities leaders, councils, planners, and researchers from around the country gathered in Hamilton New Zealand to consider how we can leverage technology and data aligned with Sustainable Development Goals to design and build ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities’.

Good Legislation to make COVIDSafe Trustworthy

Sun, 2020-05-03 13:01 -- Adam Beck

Spearheaded by Peter Leonard, a team of leading Australian privacy professionals and academics consider that more is needed to ensure community trust in uptake of the COVIDsafe contact tracing app at this crucial time in pandemic management. They argue that there is a strong public purpose in both deploying a contact tracing app and ensuring meaningful and consistent controls around what happens to personal information of the community.

MEDIA RELEASE: New Digital Twin Resource Hub and Guidance Note Launches for Australia and New Zealand

Thu, 2020-04-30 12:50 -- Adam Beck

A new Digital Twin resource hub for Australia and New Zealand has been launched to help promote the benefits of Digital Twin technology in helping activate data and create value for policy makers, practitioners, researcher’s, and the community.

Now available! Data Leadership Guidance Note: Privacy Impact Assessment

Wed, 2020-04-22 15:13 -- Adam Beck

This Guidance Note provides an overview of Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) for Cities, and outlines the fundamentals, benefits and key steps in undertaking a PIA. It is intended to assist local governments in managing privacy around new projects and initiatives.

Relevancy and empathy during the COVID-19 crisis - a letter from the Smart Cities Council

Wed, 2020-04-22 02:03 -- Philip Bane

We have delayed publishing this letter as we have been busy working with cities and our partners during this global crisis. Our teams in ASEAN, Australia, India and North America have been working with cities and other liked minded organizations to do what they can to relieve suffering.
Our actions are guided by empathy, relevance and agility.

MEDIA RELEASE: City of Ipswich sets new path for smart cities built on transparency, trust and citizen benefit

Mon, 2020-04-20 08:26 -- Adam Beck

The new Mayor of Ipswich City Council, Teresa Harding, has announced her intent on accelerating responsible governance through best-practice data leadership. Mayor Harding has revealed her vision for the establishment of Australia's first Transparency and Integrity Hub for publishing city financial data to rebuild public trust.

MEDIA RELEASE: Smart Cities Week Australia Still Convening Innovation Designed to Keep Cities Moving Forward

Tue, 2020-03-17 10:41 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council hosted Smart Cities Week Australia 2020 event scheduled for 26-28 August in Melbourne will reorganise as a series of intense online collaborations, followed by a one-day networking opportunity.

MEDIA RELEASE: Darwin leads again on smart cities - First to join global project exchange

Mon, 2020-03-16 06:57 -- Adam Beck

Following its nation leading ‘Switching on Darwin’ smart cities deployment, the City of Darwin has again demonstrated its commitment to digital innovation by becoming the first Australian city to join a global smart cities project exchange.

Smart Cities Info Cards launched

Wed, 2020-03-11 18:27 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council launched today the first series of a new resource - the Smart Cities Info Cards. These cards are short and succinct knowledge resources to support awareness raising and building the capacity of government stakeholders and community members seeking to further engage in smart cities.

MEDIA RELEASE: Nations infrastructure priorities evolving, is digital and data next?

Wed, 2020-02-26 14:00 -- Adam Beck

The Peak Industry group for smart cities in Australia has celebrated the launch of the nation’s Infrastructure Priority List, published by Infrastructure Australia (IA) as part of their central role in guiding priority investments in the nation’s future. Adam Beck, Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCC) says “Today’s launch marks another important step to ensuring Australia remains focused on delivering infrastructure that serves the community, and our economy.

Smart Cities for SDG's, what's the connection?

Wed, 2020-02-26 12:51 -- Adam Beck

The SDG's are a resource that is guiding our work - our project planning, shaping our dialogue and influencing our content creation. With a commitment to produce a report on the implementation of the SDG's, Australia and New Zealand are advancing various activities to engage with industry, academia and the community to deliver on this commitment. Join us in embracing the SDG's as a framework for smart cities action and investment in 2020 and beyond.

How are you looking at the Digital Twin?

Tue, 2020-02-25 11:02 -- Adam Beck

Earlier this week NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello MP launched the NSW Digital Twin, an open platform for visualising data in 4D overtime. The launch was attended by leading policy makers, practitioners, technologists and developers, who were shown the new platform which has initially launched for communities associated with the Western Sydney City Deal and Greater Parramatta to the Olympic Peninsula.

Data Leadership Community of Practice: Register now!

Wed, 2020-02-19 10:52 -- Adam Beck

The CfDL currently has registrations of interest open for a Data Leadership Community of Practice. This will be a multi-sector online community with bi-monthly meetings providing networking, learning and discovery opportunities. This Community of Practice is offered to Smart Cities Council members and members of the Local Government Smart Cities Network.

Engagement at SCC 2020

Tue, 2020-01-28 13:29 -- Adam Beck

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand is the regions leading smart cities knowledge partner and networking facilitator. Whether you’re seeking government only peer-to-peer networking, or multi-sector project discovery opportunities, SCCANZ has opportunities to build your knowledge, network and create projects.

Why the Readiness Challenge Matters

Thu, 2020-01-16 00:35 -- Philip Bane

The 2020 Global Readiness Challenge is the result of many years of hard work including analysis of city needs, challenge design, outreach campaigns and over 45 workshops in North America alone. In this process we learned that face to face interactions at workshops and conferences, while essential in the learning process, failed to accelerate actual project planning.

The Smart Cities Leader

Sat, 2020-01-04 06:44 -- Adam Beck

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand is the region's leading authority in smart cities. As a member-based organisation we dedicate our time to helping catalyse action and investment in technology and data solutions.

Our cities and regions are full of opportunity, can we do more to power the potential?

Sun, 2019-11-10 08:00 -- Adam Beck

Australia has a $315 Billion opportunity over the next decade if it can accelerate investment in smart infrastructure and digital innovation. And to kick-start this digital transformation, might the City Deal's program in Australia provide a series of place-based catalysts?

People, the smart cities framework the City of Melbourne thrives on

Sun, 2019-10-27 10:09 -- Adam Beck

When Michelle Fitzgerald from the City of Melbourne is out talking to the community about smart cities, she never leads with technology. Instead, every conversation starts with people and their problems – “and only then about how technology and data might help solve those problems”.

Regional smart cities giant awakes

Mon, 2019-10-21 16:36 -- Adam Beck

The City of Newcastle is rapidly emerging as one of Australia’s smart cities testbeds. More than 100 projects have been deployed in recent years or are currently underway as the post-industrial city capitalises on “once-in-a-century” development, says Smart Cities Coordinator Dr Nathaniel Bavinton. What has his team learnt as it leads the charge?

Smart cities policy: Australia's next move

Tue, 2019-10-15 09:49 -- Adam Beck

We are writing to share some thoughts about national smart cities policy in Australia. Or lack thereof. This is an adapted letter sent to The Hon Allan Tudge MP, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure on 8th October 2019. We felt it prudent to share our views, and those of the many local government policy makers, technology companies and cities advisers that make up our member and partner network throughout Australia.

The 5G City Design Guidance Note

Tue, 2019-10-08 18:10 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council has released the 5G City Design Guidance Note, which seeks to respond to the emerging challenges and opportunities for cities and towns from the rollout of next generation 5G telecommunications, small cell densification, Internet of Things (IoT) hardware, smart urban infrastructure and increased city owned smart city assets.

A smart city is an effective and accountable city

Wed, 2019-09-18 19:22 -- Adam Beck

The budgeting process in any organisation is the primary touchpoint for collaboration. Everyone who spends money must propose how much they’ll spend, as well as where, why and how. In most cases, local governments are navigating that budget process using a 30-year-old system or an Excel spreadsheet. However this world is now changing fundamentally.

To build the city smart, we need to design it that way first

Mon, 2019-09-16 07:22 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council and Consult Australia partnered to develop the ‘Smart Cities Guide for Built Environment Consultants’. It defines and sets out the functions of a smart city and includes a checklist for collaboration across the sector among the built environment professions.

Designing the Civic Data Trust

Fri, 2019-08-16 05:41 -- Adam Beck

SCCANZ will be hosting Australia's first Civic Data Trust workshop, to help cities, technologists and advisers prepare themselves for engaging in this emerging model of data governance. This series of modules will be delivered at Smart Cities Week Australia (30 October - 1 November, Sydney), and will work through the why, what and how of Civic Data Trusts in the project accelerator format with a host City.

Digital city services: The new infrastructure for globally competitive communities

Thu, 2019-06-13 05:38 -- Adam Beck

Across Australia and New Zealand, we are seeing our populations grow, along with the community’s expectations for a high level of service, and experience with the way they interact with government and their local community. While these expectations grow, budgets are in some towns shrinking, and for many cities rates are being capped. This is driving more and more cities to make their services available by web or smartphone, essentially creating ‘digital city services’.

The Liberal-National Coalition has been returned to Government – what does this mean for smart cities?

Tue, 2019-05-21 07:23 -- Adam Beck

This past weekend has seen a Scott Morrison-led Liberal-National Coalition returned to Government. Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) congratulates Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Coalition, and in our role as the peak organisation for smart cities in the nation, we are primed to work with the new government to ensure the nation invests in technology strategies and builds a data culture to enhance our national prosperity and competitiveness.

MEDIA RELEASE: First of its kind data science project puts wellbeing at centre of cities agenda

Wed, 2019-03-13 13:58 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council with it’s partner company evolve24, are working with a consortium of leading organisations focused on data science and social wellbeing – Telstra, Neighbourlytics and the University of Melbourne – to advance social wellbeing as a framework for smart cities investment in the region.

On trust, privacy and security: What 2019 needs to do

Tue, 2018-12-04 23:30 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council asked some of its partners and friends to express their views and recommendations on how government organisations can build more trust with their constituents around smart cities investments, and create an environment where the opportunities and benefits of technology and data solutions can thrive. Here's what they had to say...

2019 events and training not to be missed

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:52 -- Adam Beck

Each year SCCANZ supports important smart and sustainable cities events and training that we believe help accelerate investment in smarter, more sustainable cities. Here are the top five events and two training opportunities being delivered by our partners and supporting organisations that are helping build change, and are not to be missed.

Shaping compassionate cities

Sat, 2018-11-17 02:07 -- Nick Kamols

Many possible futures lay ahead of us. Thinking about the future is one of the most important things humans can do. As we shape the future, both in our minds and in reality, we should always do so with compassion. Hear the voice of Emerging Innovator Nick Kamols in this post as he reflects on our city visioning processes.

Cities no longer need to fly blind

Fri, 2018-11-16 17:20 -- Adam Beck

In honour of Smart Cities Week Australia the Smart Cities Council Emerging Innovators are reflecting on the four themes: connected, aware, accelerate and compassion. This week’s post on the theme of ‘aware’ from Emerging Innovator Claire Daniel reflects that, for the first time in history, smart cities are letting city officials know whether what they are doing is working and why.

Local Government Smart Cities Network launched!

Thu, 2018-11-08 12:44 -- Adam Beck

Following confirmation from local government representatives from across Australia and New Zealand at the recent Smart Cities Week Australia event in Sydney (29-31 October), Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand has launched a coordinated effort to build a local government-led networking platform across the region.

MEDIA RELEASE: Australia and New Zealand development industry set for smart upgrade

Wed, 2018-10-31 05:27 -- Adam Beck

Released as part of Smart Cities Week Australia in Sydney, the Code for Smart Communities is a new benchmark for urban development practices across greenfield communities, urban regeneration precincts and diverse institutional campuses.

Accelerating the cities of the future

Fri, 2018-10-26 06:54 -- Adam Beck

In the lead up the Smart Cities Week the Smart Cities Council Emerging Innovators are reflecting on the four themes: connected, aware, accelerate and compassion. This week’s post on the theme of ‘accelerate’ from Emerging Innovator Angela Chan looks at the three factors of workability, liveability and sustainability that will accelerate how we are shaping cities of the future.

Garbage Trucks: good for picking up waste… and signals of a smart city?

Mon, 2018-10-08 08:23 -- Adam Beck

In the lead up the Smart Cities Week the Smart Cities Council Emerging Innovators are reflecting on the four themes: connected, aware, accelerate and compassion. This week’s post on the theme of ‘connected’ from Emerging Innovators Chris Rowlands and Claire Daniel outlines the latest instalment in the ongoing development of the Bendigo Internet of Things network and how this technology is using the humble garbage truck to connect silos in city management.

What does the digital future for place making and property developers look like?

Tue, 2018-09-25 17:33 -- Adam Beck

Lendlease is investing in living laboratories where employees can test, tweak, learn and refine how technology and data can best accelerate sustainable outcomes while creating the best places for people. In this article we track the evolution of this global company from green building czar, to setting a benchmark as a smart communities innovator.

Welcome to the most densely monitored urban environment in the world

Mon, 2018-09-17 21:52 -- Adam Beck

In the years since one of our regions most deadliest earthquakes rocked New Zealand, Christchurch has been future-proofing its systems and services against future earthquakes and other resilience challenges like climate change by becoming a testbed for technological innovation.

Smart Cities Week Australia Startup Pitch Fest: Apply Now!

Fri, 2018-09-14 13:46 -- Adam Beck

If you have a startup focused on improving communities, apply to pitch your solution at Smart Cities Week Australia, 29-31 October in Sydney. Over two sessions on October 30 and 31, selected startups will pitch to an audience of city shapers, councils and providers of urban services.

Five Australian cities vie for coveted smart city leadership award

Tue, 2018-09-04 07:28 -- Adam Beck

Brisbane, Adelaide, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast and Canterbury-Bankstown have been shortlisted for the top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards. The awards, to be held as part of Australia’s first Smart Cities Week from 29-31 October, will recognise and reward leadership, celebrate best practice and stimulate action to advance the smart cities movement.

Smart cities standards update: more ways for cities to measure their performance

Thu, 2018-08-09 03:54 -- Doug Peeples

The first set of standards for smart cities was published to give cities a consistent way to measure their performance, share data and learn from each other as they planned and developed smart city projects. Now, an updated standard provides even more ways for cities to measure how well they're meeting their commitments to sustainable, resilient urban environments.

SCCANZ in action: And like that, it's been two years

Thu, 2018-08-09 03:47 -- Adam Beck

The Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand has experienced two years of steady growth and accomplishment. And there's much more to come. Read on to learn how the Council is continuing its mission: guiding cities to successful smart city project completion — and the new approaches we're adding to help ensure that success.

MEDIA RELEASE: Opposition’s proposed City Partnerships hits spot, with national urban policy embracing convergence of sustainability and smart technology

Thu, 2018-07-12 09:51 -- Adam Beck

A proposed refresh of the Opposition’s National Urban Policy to acknowledge the role of technology and data could make the difference between Australia building good cities or great cities, says the peak body representing the smart cities movement in Australia.

The ASEAN Smart Cities Network Project Plans

Wed, 2018-07-04 17:53 -- Adam Beck

The ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) has been established as a collaborative platform where up to three cities from each ASEAN member state, including capitals, work towards the common goal of smart and sustainable urban development. The Action Plans for each of the 25 participating cities have been released, highlighted the priorities and support each city is seeking.

Is the planning profession ready for the future?

Wed, 2018-07-04 11:14 -- David Batchelor

If urban planning is to remain effective in guiding the development and growth of the technology-laden smart cities of the future, planners will likely have to become more tech-savvy to make the most of new forms of data and its sources in their decision making. Read our story for key insights from Wellington planner David Batchelor.

MEDIA RELEASE: New carbon positive roadmap will drive smart buildings market

Fri, 2018-06-29 11:43 -- Adam Beck

The launch of the property and construction industry’s landmark carbon positive roadmap will slam the accelerator on Australia’s smart cities market, says the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand. The Roadmap outlines an ambitious set of targets and actions which will support the built environment’s transition to net zero emissions by 2050.

Reinventing city services in the digital age

Mon, 2018-06-18 07:13 -- Adam Beck

Digital may be an afterthought in some cities, but a handful of forward-thinking cities are reinventing the way they provide services to their citizens. They are going digital. And in doing so, they are saving money and reducing costs, boosting citizen engagement and satisfaction, enhancing employee productivity and carving out a new competitive space in the global knowledge economy.

Can an April Fools’ Day joke get your council excited about smart cities?

Fri, 2018-06-08 14:35 -- Adam Beck

This year, Tesla’s Elon Musk declared bankruptcy, actor Seth Rogen signed his life over to Netflix and Where's Wally found his way into Google Maps. Tech companies understand the power of April Fools' Day to engage their audiences. But can an April Fools’ Day joke on Facebook get the community excited about a local council’s business plan?

Urbanisation – Unprecedented demographic shift or another bubble?

Thu, 2018-05-31 07:00 -- Janine Betz

Cities need to offer more than tangible things like job opportunities and enhanced mobility to make them attractive to current and new residents. Guest author Janine Betz shares her insights on why cities should focus on ensuring that residents feel like they belong there, that they have a sense of 'place.'

SCCANZ in action: Smart urban development, defined

Thu, 2018-05-31 06:54 -- Adam Beck

The goal for smart urban development is sustainability. But how do we get there? As part of our efforts to help the development industry achieve the best possible outcomes we’re offering guidance to help the industry achieve sustainability in a way that benefits people, the planet and the economy.

New Zealand's smart cities efforts shortlisted for Asia-Pacific awards (yet again)

Wed, 2018-05-30 13:08 -- Doug Peeples

New Zealand won several awards and substantial recognition in an Asia-Pacific competition last year for the quality and relevance of its smart cities initiatives. Early indications are the country's smart cities efforts could claim more awards in the 2018 competition.

Higher-density cities are coming. How do we ensure they're healthy cities, too?

Thu, 2018-05-03 10:45 -- Doug Peeples

With city populations growing quickly, higher-density development is inevitable. But how do we ensure those high-density environments are healthy places to live and work? Read on to learn about a group of researchers determined to get the answers to that question.

Dijon is on: Creating a smart cities platform to operate the French city’s infrastructure

Thu, 2018-04-19 07:19 -- Adam Beck

A multi-community information technology collaboration on street lighting, traffic management and public safety is expected to yield numerous benefits for citizens and reduce operating costs for their local governments. Watch the video to learn how.

SCCANZ in action: Counting down to the inaugural Australia/New Zealand Smart Cities Readiness Challenge

Thu, 2018-04-19 07:01 -- Adam Beck

City leaders who want to move their smart city agendas forward now have the opportunity to make meaningful progress: SCCANZ's Smart Cities Readiness Challenge. It will be launching very soon, so click to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

MEDIA RELEASE: National Smart Cities Awards Program Announces Jury and Award Categories

Wed, 2018-04-11 10:16 -- Adam Beck

Australia's first dedicated smart cities awards program continues to build momentum with the announcement of the Awards Jury and the award categories today. Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) announced in 2017 its intention to facilitate the awards program, with the reception now confirmed to be hosted during Smart Cities Week in Sydney on Tuesday 30th October 2018.

Australia turns on world's first 5G Wi-Fi hot spots (and yes, it's a big deal)

Thu, 2018-04-05 07:29 -- Doug Peeples

Australian telecom Telstra has turned on what is said to be the world's first 5G-enabled Wi-Fi hot spots available to the public as part of an evaluation of its next generation technology. Click for details and why it's such an important development for smart cities.

Smart Cities Week Australia - Sponsorship is Open!

Wed, 2018-04-04 11:22 -- Adam Beck

In the fast-paced and rapidly-evolving smart cities space, everyone must have an eye on the horizon. In a sector where ‘What’s next?’ is the question, Smart Cities Week Australia is the answer. Do you want to associate your brand with the region's premium smart cities event? — Then you can’t afford to miss the opportunity to sponsor Smart Cities Week Australia.

Digital Built Australia in practice (how we can transform the built environment)

Thu, 2018-03-29 13:13 -- Adam Beck

Technology and data solutions are essential for optimising the smart cities built environment of the future. And it takes sound policies to ensure that those tools are used wisely and consistently, as the three articles by ANZSCC Partners included here explain.

Commentary: BIM's big promise and five considerations to get it right

Thu, 2018-03-01 12:56 -- SCC Partner

Building and Information Modelling holds tremendous promise for how we approach the smart cities built environment. But it hasn't yet fully 'arrived.' Guest author Matthew Mackay of Council Associate Partner Arcadis shares five elements to consider on how to make it deliver as it should.

Commentary: The drive for a 'Digitally Built' Australia

Thu, 2018-03-01 12:38 -- SCC Partner

The need for a forward-thinking approach to the design and delivery of Australia's built environment is clear: It is key to helping the country meet some of the many challenges it faces, including demographic pressure, energy demand, transport inefficiency, housing needs and climate change.

Community solar gardens: a sharing approach to cutting energy costs

Thu, 2018-03-01 10:03 -- Doug Peeples

Rooftop solar and energy storage are becoming increasingly popular with Australians as a way to trim rising electricity costs. But what are renters and apartment dwellers supposed to do? They're rarely able or willing to install solar panels on a home they don't own. That's where community solar gardens can help.

MEDIA RELEASE: Consult Australia and Smart Cities Council team-up for new smart cities guide

Wed, 2018-02-21 05:08 -- Adam Beck

The ‘Smart Cities Guide for Built Environment Consultants’ is the result of a collaboration between Consult Australia, the Smart Cities Council (ANZ) and their respective members. It defines and sets out the functions of a smart city and includes a checklist for collaboration across the sector.

MEDIA RELEASE: Smart cities peak body calls for digital transformation of built environment

Fri, 2018-02-16 04:06 -- Adam Beck

SCCANZ mobilises its policy activities for 2018, starting with the release of its Digital Built Australia policy primer outlining a suite of policy recommendations for building greater productivity within the construction sector and accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions.

MEDIA RELEASE: Australia’s first Smart Cities Week takes shape: 29-31 October 2018 in Sydney

Wed, 2018-02-14 01:57 -- Adam Beck

Smart Cities Week, the global event of the Smart Cities Council, will make its way to Australia in late October 2018. The Council, which is the largest global coalition of smart cities companies, practitioners and policy makers, has announced today that its signature event will take place in Sydney from 29-31 October.

Is a renewable energy boom in Australia's future?

Wed, 2018-01-31 10:13 -- Doug Peeples

Investment in grid-scale energy storage and renewable energy in Australia jumped in 2017 to the point where the country is now one of the top 10 globally for renewables investment. Numerous benefits are expected, including lower electric bills — and that will be much appreciated in a country that currently has the world's highest power prices.

Mobile augmented reality: The urban experience we have been waiting for

Thu, 2018-01-25 10:18 -- Adam Beck

How we experience the city, how we access information, how we manage our city’s assets and how we deliver services to the community is about to change thanks to mobile augmented reality. We spoke with the CEO of Council Partner CivicConnect, which has been pioneering a mobile AR platform to understand what's next for the urban experience.

Collaboration is king in smart cities: Our interview with Katherine Tobias

Thu, 2018-01-25 09:29 -- Adam Beck

To kick off the Smart Cities Pulse series for 2018, we sat down with emerging smart cities leader Katherine Tobias of Partner KPMG's Internet of Things practice, to hear her views on smart cities now, new and next. Among other topics covered, we spoke about standards, collaboration, governance and the importance of engaging young future leaders.

MEDIA RELEASE: Peak smart cities body partners with leading global design, technology and management company

Thu, 2018-01-18 07:06 -- Adam Beck

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) has announced its latest industry partnership, with Cyient, a global provider of engineering, manufacturing, geospatial, network and operations management solutions.

Data in the Smart City – The lightbulb moment when you understand we need to develop a Data Culture

Wed, 2017-12-20 10:56 -- SCC Partner

Data alone can't do much to help us achieve our smart city goals. That's why guest author Chris Isles of Council Associate Partner Place Design Group believes we need to create a 'data culture' around the outcomes and solutions data can provide for us rather than the data itself.

SCCANZ In Action: 2017's greatest hits

Wed, 2017-12-20 10:40 -- Adam Beck

As the year comes to a close, it's a time for looking back and assessing what we've accomplished. For the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand 2017 was a hectic but very productive year. It was a year of new partnerships and collaboration, working with cities on their smart city plans and technology investments — and much more.

How Perth is setting the stage for driverless cars in Australia

Sat, 2017-12-09 07:04 -- Doug Peeples

With a successful driverless bus trial under their belts, the RAC of Western Australia, the state government and their vehicle manufacturing partner are taking another step forward: trials of driverless cars that will provide on-demand transportation services like those offered by Uber and Lyft.

Every Building, IoT Enabled: Our Interview with Beth Worrall

Thu, 2017-12-07 21:14 -- Adam Beck

As part of our continued showcasing of smart cities leaders across the region, we caught up with Buddy Platform’s Marketing Manager, Beth Worrall. During the interview, we touched on everything from the smart building movement, IoT equity and climate change. A summary of our conversation is presented in this article.

Good news for AU smart cities projects: the federal grants are flowing

Wed, 2017-11-29 06:04 -- Doug Peeples

The winning proposals in the first round of the Australian government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program have been chosen and the federal cash is flowing. Read on to learn about what some cities will be doing to make their communities more liveable, sustainable and safe.

Smart Cities Now, and Next: Our Interview with Catherine Caruana-McManus

Fri, 2017-11-24 03:07 -- Adam Beck

SCCANZ spoke recently to Catherine Caruana-McManus, someone who has been close to the smart cities movement both globally, but also here locally in Australia for many years. As Director of Sales Strategy for IoT integrator Meshed and the Workstream Chair for Smart Cities and Industries for the Internet of Things Alliance Australia, she remains active in the advancement of the digital economy and the sustainability of our cities.

Going 'Glocal' - Local start-ups partnering for global impact

Mon, 2017-10-30 11:45 -- Adam Beck

SCCANZ facilitated a workshop with global tech company SAP for SMEs and start-ups with Austrade and QUT. The goal was to explore opportunities for helping Australian businesses with niche technology offerings for smart cities to scale up and go global. Read on for more on the session's outcomes.

Smart precincts: A conversation with the development industry

Wed, 2017-10-25 09:43 -- Adam Beck

Large-scale smart city projects require substantial planning and coordination. Smaller district and precinct-scale projects do, too. And as a discussion at Smart Cities Week made clear, sustainable precinct projects represent an important evolution in planning strategies and urban design.

Melbourne's new startup accelerator = a big boost for smart energy (and smart cities)

Fri, 2017-09-15 06:17 -- Doug Peeples

Melbourne's startup scene is heating up with the recent launch of a startup accelerator program for companies working in energy, data analytics and more — and the announcement that candidates have been selected to participate in a separate IoT accelerator program. Click for details.

One year on

Thu, 2017-08-17 06:22 -- Adam Beck

It’s been a year since Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand launched. Read on to hear about what we have done, and where we are going.

MEDIA RELEASE: Peak body announces smart cities awards program, appoints industry expert as program chair

Mon, 2017-08-14 21:39 -- Adam Beck

Australia’s first national Smart Cities Awards program was announced today at a gathering of industry leaders in Sydney, hosted by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ), the peak body representing the smart cities movement in Australia. Speaking at a smart cities workshop in Sydney, SCCANZ Executive Director Adam Beck, announced the awards program, and the appointment of David Singleton as the program’s inaugural Chair.

How Wellington's getting smart about monitoring water quality

Wed, 2017-08-02 07:23 -- Doug Peeples

Bad weather has made collecting water quality and related data in Wellington Harbour challenging for scientists in the past. But through an innovative combination of technologies the scientists don’t need to worry about the weather now—because the data they need is just a phone call away.

New ways to 'listen' to your citizens (Think big data and social analytics)

Wed, 2017-08-02 07:15 -- Adam Beck

Knowing what your citizens really think is essential for the development of sustainable, liveable smart cities. And knowing how they really feel is even better. Several experts are suggesting that applying social analytics to social media will get us closer to that goal than the approaches we're using now.

SCCANZ in Action: Where the digital and built environment worlds meet

Wed, 2017-08-02 07:10 -- Adam Beck

It's been a busy week for the Council as we met with Council Partners and other stakeholders to work toward a better understanding of the best ways to integrate digital systems with the built environment. Read on to learn more about what we're doing to optimise the potential of smart cities.

Ripe for growth: Amid world food crisis, agtech to the rescue

Wed, 2017-08-02 06:50 -- Compassionate C...

A Singapore news site calls agriculture technology “the new farming tool to boost food security.” Venture arms of tech giants Qualcomm and Cisco recently invested in an Israeli digital ag startup. New Zealand farmers are cutting costs with IoT technology from Schneider Electric. Clearly agtech is booming; read why it matters.

Does your city measure up? National Cities Performance Framework update

Thu, 2017-07-27 05:07 -- Doug Peeples

The Australian government has been working on a program to gauge how the country's largest cities are performing in a variety of areas (think housing and liveability, for example). Now that program details are available, we thought you'd like to know where it's headed.

SCCANZ in Action: Understanding smart cities standards is essential – and we can help

Thu, 2017-07-27 04:58 -- Adam Beck

There's a rich global array of smart cities standards available for the asking. But we need an in-depth understanding of those standards before we can gain the most from them. Read our story to learn about a just-released Guidance Note designed to help raise awareness of the importance of standards and their benefits.

MEDIA RELEASE: Peak body releases smart cities standards guideline, calls for shared purpose and scaling within market

Wed, 2017-07-26 22:25 -- Adam Beck

To raise awareness of what smart cities standards and frameworks are available, SCCANZ released a guidance note that provides foundational information on global smart cities standards and frameworks.

From apps to arms to spendy cleanups: Is there a right way to handle homeless camps?

Wed, 2017-07-26 07:05 -- Compassionate C...

Homeless camps have grown 30% in Oakland in the last two years. They're growing in Honolulu too, prompting one councilman to propose armed park rangers to keep public spaces safe. Is that the solution? Are there better ones? Learn what cities from Anchorage to Sydney are doing.

New report: How IoT can transform New Zealand's cities into safer, more liveable cities

Wed, 2017-07-19 05:18 -- Doug Peeples

As more and more businesses, industries and cities realise the value and potential for IoT, uses for connected technologies continue to proliferate. A new report from a New Zealand tech alliance outlines several examples of how IoT can help the country's cities become safer and more desirable.

What's a Ten Gigabit City, you ask? It's a head start to the future, says Adelaide

Wed, 2017-07-19 05:10 -- Adam Beck

The city of Adelaide has very high hopes for its gigabit city network. Not only do city officials anticipate the city will operate faster and with more agility as it provides enhanced products and services — they expect businesses new and old will benefit greatly as well.

Is your data valuable? Sure (if you've got the analytics to turn it into gold)

Wed, 2017-07-12 09:42 -- Adam Beck

Leaders in Australia's property sector know big data is important to their industry. But they will need to change their thinking by fully incorporating analytics into their planning and operations if they expect to wring the most value out of that data.

Battling diabetes: Tech giants, inventors, mayors and service clubs are on the front lines

Wed, 2017-07-12 08:45 -- Compassionate C...

As the world’s diabetes epidemic worsens, IBM, Qualcomm and Microsoft technologies have joined the battle. Columbus, Georgia’s mayor has signed on. So have 47,000 Lions Clubs. And then there's Dana Lewis; don't miss what she's doing to help diabetes sufferers like herself.

Rubbish begone: One Australian city's innovative approach to taking out the trash

Wed, 2017-07-05 10:06 -- Doug Peeples

While sensor-equipped collection bins help cities manage trash collection more efficiently and cost-effectively, one of the features of an ambitious central business district upgrade in Maroochydore eliminates the need to roll trucks to collect it. Read on to learn more.

Why New Zealand's government is investing in discarded tyres (Hint: it's about sustainability)

Wed, 2017-06-28 07:30 -- Doug Peeples

About five million used tyres are tossed into New Zealand tyre dumps every year, creating a variety of problems for the cities where they're located. How to solve the problem? The New Zealand Government is providing funding and research to turn those discarded tyres into concrete and building materials.

Is Australia finally going to get high-speed rail?

Thu, 2017-06-22 05:59 -- Doug Peeples

An Australia-based consortium announced a plan last year to build a high-speed rail network to connect Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney – and eight commuter smart cities. Now that the details of the plan have been filled in, the proposal will be sent to the federal government at the end of this month.

SCCANZ In Action: You know about the Maroochydore City Centre development, right?

Thu, 2017-06-22 05:42 -- Adam Beck

A new city centre regeneration project on Queensland's Sunshine Coast hasn't been getting a lot of attention. But it's proving to be a model for how to use technology as an accelerator for sustainability. Click to learn more. It could be the right fit for your smart city plans.

How one research institute intends to fix the smart cities "growth problem"

Wed, 2017-06-14 09:34 -- Doug Peeples

Rapid population growth causes a variety of problems for cities: overcrowded roads, overburdened health care systems, inadequate affordable housing and many more. They aren't easy challenges to deal with, but a new research institute is betting its collaborative strategy will find the right solutions.

New UK report offers insights on technologies that battle social isolation and loneliness

Thu, 2017-05-25 04:59 -- Compassionate C...

Innovative technologies can improve the physical and mental well-being of people who suffer from loneliness and lack of social connections. A new report highlights examples, such as Australia's InTouch Living system.

The Big Hairy Audacious Goal for Street Lighting and Smart Controls in Australia and New Zealand

Mon, 2017-04-03 07:15 -- Adam Beck

Could an EU ‘Humble Lamppost’ type program in Australia and New Zealand be the key ingredient to unleashing a smart street lighting and controls revolution in the region and accelerate IoT deployment? Well, yes!

MEDIA RELEASE: Aurecon Joins Smart Cities Council to Support the Digital Transformation of Cities in Australia and New Zealand

Wed, 2017-02-08 12:00 -- Adam Beck

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand announced today that global design firm Aurecon had joined the organisation to help accelerate sustainability in cities using technology, data, and intelligent design.

Water utilities: Dump your old business model (because you need a new one now)

Fri, 2016-01-22 07:07 -- Doug Peeples

We're in a water crisis. In about 10 years, the UN says two-thirds of the world's population will face water stress: lower quality water and less of it. As excruciating as it may be for conservative, risk-averse water utilities, it's going to take a complete re-evaluation of how they do business if water quality is to be preserved. Read the story for some tough advice from an industry professional.

New app promises to find extra parking spaces for your downtown

Sat, 2015-12-05 01:00 -- Doug Peeples

Cities are experimenting with several smart approaches to reduce congestion and solve parking problems. But what about all those vacant spaces in parking garages? An Australian businessman has some thoughts about that, and what he has to say just might interest city managers looking for ways to reduce congestion and find more parking for their residents.

How smart cities developers are getting smart about construction

Fri, 2014-09-05 23:00 -- Kevin Ebi

Some of the technologies that make smart cities so effective can also pay off during their construction. Learn how Saudi Arabia developers are using mobile technology, why RFID has proven a construction site game-changer in Australia and how China is tapping supercomputers to make construction more cost-efficient.

Big WiFi project underscores Adelaide’s endless quest for livability

Wed, 2014-08-27 23:00 -- Doug Cooley

The city of Adelaide can now boast that it runs the largest free WiFi network in Australia, with help from Cisco. But that claim only touches the surface of what’s happening in the capital city of South Australia, where “livability” has become the mantra of public officials. Learn why.

Smart cities researchers simulate human behavior during floods

Tue, 2013-06-04 08:35 -- Jesse Berst

Many of the most exciting smart city possibilities relate to predictive analytics -- crunching data to forecast what will happen next. But there's always been a "blind spot" in how to predict and simulate human decisions, especially during unexpected events. Learn how Australian researchers are making progress on that front.