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Future ready in the fourth industrial revolution


Blog by Michael Whereat, ASCA President

A little over a century ago, innovation began to deliver the third Industrial revolution – flight, vehicles and the rise of mobility. Today, we take each of these technologies for granted. As steam and electricity had done before them, urban civilisation has become stronger and has grown to new levels in terms of height, population and wealth. The most important outcomes have been the improvements in health, education and ability for an individual to realise their own potential.

Trust a positive tool for cities and communities


If we look at the turbulence that we are facing today in many of our western societies it becomes clear that a key underlying reason for the current chaotic situation is the lack of trust that has crept into our lives over the last decade or so.

Infrastructure comes naturally to local councils


Local governments understand that infrastructure is not so much a means of making money. They recognise that it acts as a facilitator, allowing them to generate much higher social and economic benefits. For them there is a natural separation between the cost of infrastructure and the benefits that can be derived from this utility. The ROI here is not simply money – there are many far more important social and economic benefits attached.

How Smart are Australian Cities?


A new report recently released  by  the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney – and supported by ASCA member Telstra - aims to provide new insights into the implementation of smart cities in Australia – how these initiatives are being implemented in cities, whether they are fulfilling their promises, the challenges involved and how cities can learn from each other.

Rhineland economic model is closest to smart city developments


It is interesting to compare the major economic models in the western world – the American Anglo-Saxon model, the European Rhineland model and the Scandinavian model.

The Anglo-Saxon model is very much driven by small government, market-driven economic and social policies, and in general has a large focus on shareholders value.

Cyclone Debbie: we can design cities to withstand these natural disasters


Guest blog from:  Rob Roggema Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments, University of Technology Sydney

What happens after Cyclone Debbie is a familiar process. It has been repeated many times in cities around the world. The reason is that our cities are not designed for these types of events.

So we know what comes next. Queenslanders affected by Debbie will complain about the damage, the costs and the need for insurers to act now to compensate their losses. The state and federal governments will extensively discuss who is to blame.

GSC3 visit to Australia


Last November, during the Australian Dutch Smart City Summit in Sydney, in the presence of Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, ASCA signed a MoU with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition (GSC3) aimed at adding international collaboration to its already well established national collaboration strategy.

At that time MoUs were also signed with the Greater Sydney Commission, Canberra (ACT Government), Lake Macquarie and Ipswich, and during the March visit of the GSC3 to Adelaide, Bendigo, Newcastle and Moreton Bay were added to the list.

ASCA Smart City Workgroups

Over the last few weeks three new workgroups have been established by ASCA. These workgroups are based on collaboration between cities and communities, private industry and the research and development community.
Standards workgroup

Why should local government lead the development of smart cities?


If we go back a century, it was local councils who initiated the first infrastructure projects in electricity and telecoms. Community-based infrastructure comes naturally to local councils. Once the networks were in place, the role of local government naturally diminished as city-based networks became state and national networks and some were eventually privatised.

How to become a smart city


Local governments will have to take a leadership role in developing smart cities in order to keep pace with the technological developments that their citizens are embracing and the expectations they have in relation to the economic, social and lifestyle aspects of their city.


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