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Internet of Things  
25 May 2017

Australian city partners with local telecoms in smart city pilot

In Australia, the city of Joondalup is partnering with telecommunications firm Telstra to deploy a smart city pilot project.

Under the smart city pilot, the two parties are testing how IoT technologies can help the city council make use of data and analytics to improve its operational efficiency.

The pilot includes the deployment of IoT-enabled environmental sensors, smart bins and smart parking to simplify mobility within the city and promote sustainability.

The telecommunications firm will guide the city in the implementation of the programme, reported ITwire.

Troy Pickard, the mayor of Joondalup, commented: “It is imperative that we reassess our business models and shift towards a more mobile and agile way of doing business”.

Oliver Camplin-Warner, executive director at Telstra, added: “The possibility of the Internet of Things is infinite, it could connect the roads, footpaths and one day, the beach enclosure. We see the potential for data-driven insights, made possible through technology to enable councils around Australia to manage their towns and cities more efficiently and strive for a better way of living for the community.”

Smart city pilot planning and deployment

Meanwhile, the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO) has  selected Seoul (South Korea) as the host city for the organisation's Smart and Sustainable Cities platform.

The WGEO is an organisation launched in 2016 by the prime minister of the United Arab Emirates to provide financial and technical assistance in the deployment of smart cities across the globe.

According to the Korea Herald, the newly launched Smart and Sustainable Cities platform will act as a global forum towards the research, development, testing and implementation of smart city technologies. The forum will help cities to address challenges associated with the rapid growth in urbanisation and population.

A press statement issued by the WGEO states: “The smart city platform will be a treasure trove of robust collection of city profiles, case studies, model policies and communication tools that will provide engaged stakeholders with a set of resources to guide and catalyse action for a green economy.”

The project aims to help cities improve their energy and water efficiency, reduce their carbon footprints and improve communication with consumers.

The Smart and Sustainable Cities platform is one of seven arms within the operations of the WGEO.

The organisation will also launch its smart city operations within the private, academic, organisations and civil society, youth and financial sectors.

 

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