The Australian Government has today announced 52 successful projects under Round One of the inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
$28.5 million will be awarded to projects across all states and territories, with 40% of successful projects located in regional areas.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program supported clever ideas to fix local problems, particularly in the outer suburbs and regions.
“It’s surprising how often a simple solution can have the most impact,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.
“Look at the difference all those apps are making to our everyday lives. Technology development is moving at a rapid pace in Australia, and harnessing the power of these innovations will set up the future success of our cities.
“Too often Australia is viewed simply as a customer for technologies developed overseas. Promoting clever home-grown digital and data solutions, that can be replicated in other locations, will move Australia into a leadership position, where we can take smart city technologies out to the world.”
Successful Round One projects include LED street lights with wifi that boost brightness to reduce anti-social behaviour, on-demand bus stops with electric car chargers and driverless shuttles to cut traffic congestion, street sensors that indicate available carparking and allow traffic lights to turn green for emergency vehicles, and apps that interpret sensor data to help people decide, for example, do I leave for work now or wait 15 minutes? Do I hire additional staff for when there's more pedestrian traffic at my front door?
All projects are being co-funded by local governments, industry, research organisations and the private sector, and are delivering almost $40 million in partner co-investment, or about $1.40 for every Australian Government dollar invested.
Round One of the $50 million program received more than 170 applications.
Details on each of the 52 successful projects are available on the Smart Cities website.