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Australia - Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure

Australia - Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure

The development of smart cities and indeed smart countries require vision and recognition of the fact that many of today's social, economic and sustainability problems can only be solved with the assistance of smart technologies. Key infrastructure elements here include broadband, energy, water and transport. In many situations the ubiqueness, affordability, capacity, robustness, security and quality necessary for this calls for fibre optic and high-speed wireless infrastructures to be used to develop smart integrated city systems. With the growth of cities, rising costs and lower income, cities are struggling to manage the transition to smart cities. This need will increase dramatically over the next 5 to 10 years as industries and whole sectors (healthcare, energy, transport, water) carry out the process of transforming themselves in order to much better address the challenges ahead.

We need to create smart cities, smart businesses and smart countries, with high-speed infrastructure, smart grids, intelligent buildings, etc. Smart Cities are also the hubs in the emerging interconnected/sharing/digital economy.

In order to manage our societies and economies better we need to have much better information about what is happening within all of the individual ecosystems, and in particular information about how these different systems interact. Currently they all operate within silos and there is little or no cooperation or coordination between them. ICT can be the bridge to bring them together; to collect data from them and process it in real time. Information can then be fed back to those who are managing the systems, and those who operate within them, such as doctors, teachers, business people, bureaucrats, politicians.

Some of these data interactions are already happening around smartphones, social media, traffic and crowd control and weather information. This is only the start of what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT) or machine-to-machine communication (M2M).

Key Developments:

Smart cities, smart communities, smart buildings, connected communities, gigabyte households, M2M, drones, IoT, big data, data centres, cloud computing, NBN, smart grids, broadband, smart meters, smart homes.

Organisations mentioned in this report:

Telstra, NBN Co, Optus, South East Water, TUSMA. Local councils: Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Ballarat, Parramatta, Kangaroo Island, North Ryde, Maroochydore, SE Queensland.

1. Synopsis
2. Potential value of smart cities to the economy
3. Australian cities statistics
4. Smart Cities and Smart Councils
4.1 Governments fail to build national consensus
4.2 Cities are leading where federal policies fail
4.3 The need for leadership from the top and smart councils'
4.4 Advanced cities shifting focus
4.5 People are ready for smart environments
4.6 The funding dilemma
4.7 City-as-a-service investment and business model
4.8 PPPPs cities collaborating with citizens and private enterprise
4.9 The industry platform
4.10 Intercity collaboration
4.11 Future Cities Collaborative
5. Smart people are the key to smart cities
6. Telcos, industry platforms and smart cities
7. The Drivers behind Smart Cities
7.1 Customer-driven smart cities
7.2 Economy-driven smart cities
7.3 Society-driven smart cities
7.4 Greenfields Opportunities
7.5 Brownfields Challenges
8. Trends, Developments, Analyses
8.1 NBN critical in developing Australia's first smart cities
8.2 The need for smart infrastructure policies
8.3 Cities of the future research
8.4 Smart Cities: sustainable engines for growth
8.5 Have plans ready for opportunities
8.6 Regulations for drones
9. Smart cities and smart countries - Analysis
9.1 The need for an holistic approach
9.2 How to build smart communities and smart countries
9.3 Stage one - infrastructure
9.4 Stage two trans-sector policies
9.5 Stage three - the business game-changer
10. Case study Sydney
10.1 Sydney on the Global Network Society Index
10.2 Social score
10.3 Economy score
10.4 Environment score
10.5 ICT Infrastructure score
10.6 ICT Affordability score
10.7 ICT usage score
11. Intelligent infrastructure Projects
11.1 Sunshine Coast leading the smart city movement
11.2 Smart City Ipswich
11.3 Smart City Geelong
11.4 Kangaroo Island Council creates broadband competition
11.5 Perth investigates free WiFi for public transport
11.6 Optus creates a smart city showcase
11.7 Canberra smart parking
11.8 Ballarat Smart Waste Management
11.9 Smart streetlights (and more) for SE Queensland
11.10 Parramatta
11.11 Digital Brisbane
11.12 Adelaide - WiFi network basis for innovation hub
11.13 Drones as building inspectors
11.14 Drones to inspect sewage
11.14.1 Melbourne Water
11.14.2 South East water Victoria
11.15 Drones to monitor the dingo fence
11.16 Smart water infrastructure
11.17 Smart Work Hubs - NSW
12. NBN and Smart Infrastructure
12.1 Introduction
12.2 Access for smart utility services
12.3 Infrastructure Co-Development Program
12.4 Projects and Developments
12.4.1 Infrastructure sharing with NBN Co
12.4.2 NBN facilitates wind farm
12.4.3 Smart Grid Smart City Project and the NBN
12.5 Connected home market
13. Rolling out infrastructure the smart way
14. Smart Grid, Smart City - Key findings, recommendations and comments (separate Report)
15. Australia - M2M and The Internet of Things (seperate Report)
16. Australia Big Data (sepArate Report)
17. Smart Transport, Smart Cars (separate report)
18. Other Reports:
Table 1 - Public Sector Value Gain (A$)
Table 2 Contribution to economic output (by population)
Exhibit 1 - Australian cities statistics
Exhibit 2 - Maroochydore's smart city centre and the NBN

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