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.