Australia and New Zealand’s sensible cities leaders have accelerated their efforts this 12 months, with new expertise options and revolutionary initiatives tackling the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic head on.
The third annual Smart Cities Awards was offered just about by Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, acknowledging 18 winners throughout seven classes for his or her visionary management, finest follow initiatives and real-world influence.
“This 12 months’s winners have performed key roles within the nationwide development of sensible cities throughout Australia and New Zealand, whereas additionally main a digitally enabled and data-driven restoration from COVID-19,” Good Cities Council’s Government Director Adam Beck mentioned.
The Metropolis of Parramatta took dwelling the coveted Management Metropolis class after rolling out a number of dynamic sensible cities initiatives. Amongst these is a sensing community on a brand new 25-hectare improvement, a parking app that was enhanced in 2020 in response to COVID-19 and Floodsmart Parramatta, Australia’s first automated real-time flash-flood warning system.
4 people had been applauded for his or her management: Metropolis of Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding was recognised for delivering Australia’s first ‘sensible transparency and integrity hub’; Nicole Stephensen from Floor Up Consulting was offered with an award for her work to reframe privateness as a chance, slightly than a roadblock; Sean Audain from Wellington Metropolis Council was acknowledged for harnessing expertise to construct resilience to earthquakes, sea degree rise and different pure disasters; and Lake Macquarie Council’s Claire Chaikin-Bryan was recognised as an rising chief for her work to broaden using IoT, help native innovators and encourage neighborhood digital and information literacy.
“Good cities innovators have been laying stable foundations for a number of years, and a few of these multi-year initiatives have been rewarded in 2020. However COVID-19 has additionally accelerated sensible cities efforts in 2020, and we’re seeing larger information sharing, digitally supported companies and neighborhood engagement in sensible cities innovation,” Beck added.
“Collectively, our winners show the central position of sensible cities in enhancing companies for communities, constructing prosperity and enhancing resilience. 2020 confirmed that individuals are on the centre of the sensible cities motion.”
Good Cities Awards 2020 winners
Winner: Metropolis of Darwin — Privateness Framework
The $10 million ‘Switching on Darwin’ undertaking is reported to be the most important single sensible metropolis initiative in Australia. Funding in technological infrastructure included public Wi-Fi and environmental sensors, sensible parking, lighting and CCTV, in addition to wayfinding kiosks. The Metropolis goals to make use of expertise and information to help higher decision-making, present the neighborhood with a safer metropolis, improve companies and scale back power consumption and prices. The Metropolis’s privateness framework applies world privateness finest follow and engaged privateness specialists to determine trusted, clear relationships with the neighborhood.
Winner: Moreton Bay Regional Council — Synthetic Intelligence
Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $2 billion highway community is its largest asset. In 2019, expertise was put in on the dashboard of a council rubbish truck, transmitting video footage to the cloud the place machine studying algorithms might establish potholes, cracking, line markings and extra. After a 12-month trial, the council started scaling up the undertaking, with cameras now mounted on 14 waste assortment vans. All 28 vans will present 100% regional highway protection by the primary quarter of 2021, permitting correct defect information to be generated for each highway, each week, additionally supporting data-driven choices and producing financial savings for ratepayers.
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Winner: Lake Macquarie Metropolis Council — Good Seashores
A spate of tragic incidents on NSW seashores in early 2019 highlighted inconsistency in seaside information, with authorities amassing various info on crowd numbers, exercise and localised situations. Handbook assortment can be a time-consuming and imprecise job for lifeguards. Good Seashores — an initiative of Lake Macquarie Metropolis Council in partnership with Northern Seashores Council and the College of Know-how Sydney — makes use of expertise and information to help lifeguard danger evaluation and administration, permitting them to deal with their main position of defending public security.
Winner: Metropolis of Casey — Direct Care Staff
The Metropolis of Casey’s direct care employees are in common contact with 3770 folks over the age of 70 — and these individuals are the most definitely to be dwelling alone, with out digital expertise, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The Digital Activation Program is a coordinated, ongoing and scalable answer serving to susceptible neighborhood members get on-line with confidence. This included a tool borrowing library of tablets with information plans, distant cellphone help and greater than 300 hours of one-on-one digital expertise periods.
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Winner Elected Official: Mayor Teresa Harding, Metropolis of Ipswich
After corruption and fraud scandals plagued the Metropolis of Ipswich, Teresa Harding campaigned for the highest job on a platform of transparency and integrity. Because the Queensland Authorities’s Director of Open Knowledge Workplace for almost 5 years, Harding had led the state’s strategy to open information. After being sworn in as Mayor, Harding spent her first 100 days delivering a ‘sensible transparency and integrity hub’. A passionate advocate for higher information use to empower sensible communities, Harding delivered the hub on 1 July 2020. Now the folks of Ipswich have unprecedented entry to town’s funds and may present larger scrutiny over how council spends ratepayers’ cash to ship higher outcomes.
Winner Non-public Sector: Nicole Stephensen, Floor Up Consulting
Privateness is historically seen as a compliance concern, and infrequently as a roadblock or drag on innovation. However Nicole Stephensen is enthusiastic about reframing privateness as a chance. Stephensen has held various roles together with government director of privateness and information safety on the Web of Issues Safety Institute for 4 years. She additionally has a seat on the advisory board of cybersafety.org, a US-based charity centered on cyber-bullying. As a privateness guide, Stephensen assists native governments to implement privacy-by-design as a core enterprise operate and unpack and handle operational privateness points.
Winner Public Sector: Sean Audain, Wellington Metropolis Council
A champion of sensible cities in New Zealand, Sean Audain has actively secured investments from governments and personal organisations to develop sensible metropolis initiatives that make Wellington a extra habitable metropolis. Amongst his initiatives, Sean has discovered new methods to make use of digital actuality to construct resilience to earthquakes and sea degree rise. He has deployed expertise to save lots of lives within the face of pure disasters and create coordinated multi-sector responses. He has experimented with digital twins, audio sensing and synthetic intelligence to reinforce long-term governance and construct a tradition of innovation.
Winner Rising Chief: Claire Chaikin-Bryan, Lake Macquarie Council
As Good Cities Lead at Lake Macquarie Metropolis Council, Claire Chaikin-Bryan has performed a pivotal position in increasing using IoT in council operations, supporting native innovators and inspiring neighborhood digital and information literacy. Chaikin-Bryan has managed the rollout of public LoRaWAN throughout the entire of Lake Macquarie Metropolis, and performed a lead position on the council’s Good Seashores undertaking. Chaikin-Bryan can be accountable for enterprise sensor choice, onboarding, information integration, storage, visualisation, upkeep and coaching.
Winner: Metropolis of Parramatta Council
Metropolis of Parramatta Council has led a variety of dynamic sensible cities initiatives. A sensing community has been put in on the 25-hectare Melrose Park improvement, for instance, to observe temperature, air high quality, noise and stormwater run-off to enhance the world’s liveability and inform future planning. The Parramatta CBD Parking Finder permits folks to plan their journey and park safely and legally — and this expertise was enhanced in 2020 with real-time updates on enterprise working hours, companies and particular affords in response to COVID-19. In the meantime Floodsmart Parramatta affords Australia’s first automated real-time flash-flood warning system.
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Winner: Metropolis of Canterbury Bankstown — Closing the Loop
The Metropolis of Canterbury-Bankstown is utilizing AI and machine studying to detect and drive down waste contamination. In early 2020, the council launched a trial utilizing AI and machine studying to analyse information captured from waste vans’ GPS and cameras to identify contamination. RFID tags had been used to analyse drawback areas. A custom-built AI was used to amplify efforts. Beforehand, human constraints meant just one.4% of contamination was detected. Utilizing AI, the contamination publicity price is 68%, giving the council visibility of contamination incidents 130 occasions quicker. What as soon as took 5 years, now takes 14 days.
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