Why ASCA needs to focus on advocacy for smart communities


By Laurie Patton, ASCA CEO

According to the ALP’s digital economy spokesman Ed Husic MP, quoted in InnovationAus, “Big Tech is on the nose in large parts of the community which does not trust its motives and fails to recognise its promise”.

Sharing our passion for smart communities


Message from ASCA President Brook Dixon

A quick message to express my excitement and gratitude to be elected President at our recent AGM.  

The last 12 months, working with retiring President Michael Whereat, the ASCA Board, and our wonderful community across Australia (and beyond), has been a great privilege. I can't wait for the next 12 months.

Metros may be game-changers, but they're not the only solution


By Laurie Patton, ASCA CEO

Among the issues considered at a recent Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat conference were how to deal with increasing urban density without destroying communities’ liveability, and how to increase people's accessibility to their workplaces. One of the solutions proposed was to build more public transport systems, and specifically in the case of Sydney to continue the current trend for building new metros.

Smart people make smart communities


By Laurie Patton, ASCA CEO

I wanted to let you know how excited and enlivened I am to have joined you as the association’s first fulltime CEO. You may already know that I’ve spent the past three years heading up Internet Australia, the NFP peak body representing the interests of internet users.

Be a digital democracy: the ethos of leading smart cities


Blog by Brook Dixon, ASCA Vice President

Be a digital democracy – digital of the people, by the people, for the people. 

This is the ethos of leading smart cities, and the words I quote when asked to condense my smart city philosophy. But what does it mean? 

First, smart communities talk to people about their priorities, and how new technology is best applied to address these priorities. 

Second, smart communities use digital technology to talk to people. 

Making it real. Today, not some time in the future


Blog by Michael Whereat, ASCA President

How many times have you heard consultants describe how smart cities and communities will do this and that? These future vision statements fall short in so many ways. When we begin to unpack the vision into an implementation plan, these become complicated and require cross organisation agreement and support to work. The difference this time is that the digitisation of our urban environment means we need:

Embracing smart city partnerships


Blog by Brook Dixon, ASCA Vice President

Partnership is the new black in government; especially in the digital city which is built on networks, co-design, innovation and connecting things, ideas, data, and people. No man, woman, organisation, or thing is an island, entire of itself, in the digital city.

Leading digital cities understand and embrace these connections. They are receptive to the opportunities of course, but also systematic and deliberate in both planning for, and entering into partnerships. 

ASCA Guide goes live online


Blog by Michael Whereat, ASCA President

Our members and partners are actively embracing the opportunities of smart technologies, as shown through the case study examples in this year’s Guide to creating a smart community in Australia.

We expanded this second edition to include a broader range of smart city themes which highlight the initiatives and deployments across the country, from large cities to regional areas.

Electric engines put another nail in the internal combustion engine's coffin


Blog by Michael Whereat, ASCA President

It's been a big week for the electric engine. Volvo has committed to move to electric-only engines from 2019 and begin "the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine and placing electrification at the core of its future business".


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