The Smart Cities Blog

Exploring the wider issues that come with the digitisation and interconnection of our cities, from some of the leading minds the sector has to offer.

Smart Cities: the new paradigm for the places we live, work and play

Our cities, and the way we live and move about in them, are changing. Thanks to new technologies, such as energy efficiency optimisation in buildings, interconnected transport modes and digitised utilities optimised based on actual consumption patterns, there are so many ways our cities can be smarter, better places to live. Recognising this, Infrastructure recently…

Smarter ways to connect citizens with essential services

Utilities and other providers of essential services will be critical in the deployment of smart cities. To learn more about the role the electricity industry will play, we caught up with Tim Nichols, Strategy & Product Manager for Jemena’s Victorian electricity distribution business. Can you tell us about some of the programs and or innovations…

Why social data matters for cities: what it is, and what it’s not

By Lucinda Hartley, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Neighbourlytics Data is the new oil in the digital economy – it’s a claim you’ve probably heard dozens of times. There is a good reason for that: the volumes of data available, about almost everything, are growing exponentially. In fact, 90 per cent of the data…

Smart Cities Awards Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Smart Cities Awards has been announced, recognising achievement in the development, technological advancement and interconnection of Australian cities. The awards, a part of the Smart Cities 2019 Conference, highlight the brightest ideas and talent within the development and enhancement of Australian cities, and showcase the exciting work currently being undertaken…

What smart railways can do for smart cities

As our cities are growing, the need for mass transport increases. Individual car traffic, even if smarter and more automated, will reach a saturation point with stifling congestion in peak traffic. Public transport thought leader ‘Doc Frank’ Heibel, a panellist at Smart Cities 2019, is convinced that city railways have significant capacity reserves which can…

If smart cities are the answer, what is the question?

The concept of the smart city has been around for over a decade, and momentum towards building and developing them continues to grow. However, as cities rush to adopt exciting new technologies, there is a danger of losing track of a city’s priorities. Dr Sarah Barns, Urban Digital Strategist for Sitelines Media & Esem Projects,…

Smart Cities 2019: Learn more about the event (video)

Smart Cities 2019, taking place from May 30-31 in Melbourne, is the premier event for those involved in the digitisation and interconnection of our cities. Whether you work in the roads, rail, public transport, utilities or local government sectors, this event will show you how connected cities can lead to a future that is smart,…

Smart cities need a bottom up approach

In the lead up to the Smart Cities 2019 conference in May, we spoke to Keynote Speaker Stephen Yarwood, urban futurist and former Lord Mayor of Adelaide, about his citizen-led approach to planning cities. While many conversations around smart cities focus on advancements in information, communications and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Mr Yarwood argues…