• Apr 03

    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.

  • Mar 30

    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.

  • Mar 27

    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.

  • Mar 20
    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
  • Mar 13

    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.

  • Mar 06

    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.

  • Feb 27

    Last Friday ASCA officially launched at the Optus Campus in Sydney its Industry Board. The following organisations have joined, or pledged to join: Boon Edam, CSIRO | Data 61, Downer, Energy Queensland, Ericsson, Intel, Indra, KPMG, Mesh Telco, Opticomm, Optus Singtel, Silver Springs, Taggle Systems, Thinxtra, Telstra, [ui!]Australia, Vertel and VRT Systems.

  • Feb 20

    Around the world the power of its cities is increasing. New projects in relation to digital infrastructure, sustainability, interconnected LED street lighting, waste and water management, smart parking and other applications are being developed in most cities around the globe. But the element that is often still missing is a holistic approach towards the development of smart cities. This needs be led from the top, and to be supported by a ‘smart council’.

  • Feb 13

    You might recall the Australian Dutch Smart City event that took place in November last year. Part of the aim of this was to establish international collaboration between smart cities around the world, and more particularly collaboration on a mayoral level, through the GSC3 alliance.

    So far the following Australian cities have joined the alliance: Canberra, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Ipswich and the Sunshine Coast, as well as the Greater Sydney Commission.

  • Feb 06

    Last year ASCA prepared the groundwork for an Industry Board that has the possibility to operate semi independently under the ASCA umbrella, but obviously in very close cooperation with the ASCA Board.

    The aim of the Industry Board is to assist local councils in developing their own unique smart city. The group is committed to use and develop open standards for each community on which city platforms can be built. This allows for inter-city and inter-regional sharing which will significantly reduce costs. This also protects cities from locked-in situations.