Guidelines for smart city grant program

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Monday, 09 January, 2017

Guidelines for smart city grant program

The federal government has drawn up guidelines for the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs program, with the aim of introducing technologies such as smart street lighting that can help police solve crimes.

Assistant Minister for Cities Angus Taylor has released draft guidelines for the program and is seeking feedback on the details.

The first funding round for the program is expected to be opened in the first half of this year. Applicants will be able to apply for up to $5 million in federal grant funding.

The program would seek to support digital and data solutions designed to put citizens first, Taylor said.

“Smart Cities need to take a people-first approach to designing and delivering responsive public services with the help of smart technologies. The Australian Government is committed to working with governments, business and the community to help our cities — regional and metropolitan — reach their full potential.”

Innovations in street lighting will be among the areas explored in the program. Lighting Australia CEO Bryan Douglas said numerous benefits can be achieved by installing sensors on street lights.

“Smart street lighting is already playing a vital role in smart cities — not only delivering energy savings of 30–40% from lighting that can be dimmed in periods of low traffic, but managing traffic flow, providing parking services and in some parts of the world detecting the precise location, time and characteristics of gunshots,” he said.

Sensors are already being used on Sydney Harbour Bridge to collect road surface information and provide early notification that maintenance is needed. In Victoria meanwhile, the state government recently launched a trial involving installing air quality monitoring sensors on street lamps.

Image courtesy of David Wallace under CC

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