Smart Cities of the world now have an office Down Under as international tech company Cisco extends its network of Smart+Connected Communities to Adelaide in South Australia.
The launch of Adelaide’s Smart City Studio will provide a physical base for the city, its businesses, entrepreneurs and citizens to connect with Cisco’s ‘Internet of Everything’ innovation centres across the globe.
Using the latest TelePresence video conferencing technology, the network is designed to enable Smart Cities to collaborate and share their learnings as they work towards making their cities more liveable and sustainable through new technologies.
“This is one of the more exciting things we are doing at Cisco, and for me personally leading Smart+Connected Cities globally in partnership with Adelaide,” said Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities president Anil Menon.
Cisco awarded Adelaide ‘Lighthouse City’ status 18 months ago in recognition of the city’s history of innovation, strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and readiness to pilot new urban services to improve the lives of their citizens.
Adelaide joins the list of Smart Cities including Copenhagen, Barcelona, Dubai, Hamburg and Chicago.
“The fact is, and why I am increasingly focusing on the Adelaides’ of the world, is because I believe that is where the bulk of the future innovation is going to come out of.
“If you do the right thing you can have mid-sized cities with the scale and the scope and the access and the network of large cities, and I think it would make the world a bit more livable.
“People will want to live in an Adelaide as opposed to a larger city,” said Menon.
Adelaide already has a number of Smart City pilot projects underway.
Soon Adelaideans will be able to use the Council’s free city-wide WIFI network to locate a parking space, pay for it with their mobile phone and top up the parking metre from the office or cafe using the city’s new Smart Parking app.
Environmentally conscious citizens regulators will be able to use the Smart Environmental Monitor to track the city’s environmental factors such as CO2, dust, sound and temperature, using information made available through open data sources.
And in the not too distant future the city’s lighting system will self regulate; dimming during periods of inactivity and increasing in brightness when motion is detected, intelligently conserving energy outside of peak demand.
“Cisco’s Smart+Connected Communities team sees Australia as one of the next smart city countries and Adelaide is a fantastic example of what Australian cities can aim to achieve,” said Menon.
Adelaide City Council
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisor