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Australia - Smart Cities - Trends, Developments, Analyses


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Australia - Smart Cities - Trends, Developments, Analyses

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.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Telstra, NBN Co, Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Horizon Power


1. Synopsis
2. Potential value of smart cities to the economy
3. Australian cities statistical Overview
3.1 Setting the scene
3.2 City Growth 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 Smart Cities and the open data dilemma
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 Fairfax data underlines the need for smart cities
8.2 Councils should object to FttN
8.3 NBN critical in developing Australia's first smart cities
8.4 The need for smart infrastructure policies
8.5 Cities of the future research
8.6 Smart Cities: sustainable engines for growth
8.7 Have plans ready for opportunities
8.8 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. Rolling out infrastructure the smart way
11. The Australian M2M market (separate report)
12. Australia Big Data (separate report)
13. Smart Transport, Smart Cars (separate report)
14. Australia Smart Cities Case Studies (separate report)
15. Other Reports:
Table 1 - Public Sector Value Gain (A$)
Table 2 Contribution to economic output (by population)
Exhibit 1 Statistical insights in Australian cities

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