City of Newcastle wins two Asia Pacific Smart City Awards

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The City of Newcastle won two awards at the recent IDC Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2019. Of the 14 categories, the City of Newcastle took out the ‘TRANSPORTATION – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing’ and ‘URBAN PLANNING AND LAND USE’ awards.

Commenting on the wins, IDC Market Analyst Jefferson King said: “City of Newcastle is setting the blueprint for Australian local Government by delivering high quality, innovative Smart Cities projects. Being recognised regionally for two projects just proves how they are successfully leveraging Australia’s world class IT infrastructure to enable innovation.”

In summary, the two winning City of Newcastle projects were:

  • Smart Moves Newcastle (SMN) project seeks to optimise multi-modal networks to deliver time-critical, accessible options while promoting cycling, public transport and walking linkages to reduce reliance on private vehicles and the city’s carbon footprint.

SMN comprises 21 sub-projects, of which a number are transport-related including city E-Bikes with data-tracking functionality and AV trials involving autonomous shuttles as ‘last-mile connectors’ operating between light-rail stops and final destinations in the city centre.

  • Hunter Innovation Project (HIP) – aims to nurture the local innovation ecosystem through the establishment of smart city infrastructure within the CBD and the construction of an innovation hub that includes the implementation of smart-city infrastructure comprising six interconnected elements:
    • a passive fibre and conduit network to support above-ground smart-city tech;
    • over 150 smart poles in CBD to improve the efficiency of the lighting network and an improved ability to remotely monitor lights for planned and unplanned maintenance;
    • a LoRaWAN network to provide low-cost, low-power connectivity and support IoT sensors and data collecting devices;
    • a Wi-Fi backbone within the city to provide alternate access to the Environmental Sensing Network and IoT platform as well offering free Wi-Fi to the public in the Newcastle CBD;
    • Smart Parking via a networked system for monitoring the city’s car parking resources and provide information to drivers to enable more efficient use of parking network and reduce traffic congestion; and
    • an environmental sensing network to record real-time environmental data such as air quality and temperature, for use in research collaborations.