A Smart City Framework for Geelong

Friday, 15 May 2020

We are seeking a shared vision for the future of smart technology within our municipality where open data and clever technology helps us make better informed decisions, address persistent challenges and unlock new opportunities.

A Smart City Framework will allow us to develop this shared vision, and to refine and enhance ongoing initiatives, alongside our partners.

Our Smart City Office has been trialling and testing innovative technology solutions over the past year, with achievements to date including;

  • The Geelong Data Exchange - our open, publicly accessible data platform for the generation of new ideas, applications and solutions
  • The Lorawan Sensor Network - providing free access and connectivity for anyone wanting to understand and utilise the “Internet of Things”
  • Smart Nodes – installed along the Waterfront to replace outdated, cluttered and disconnected street poles and
  • 3D City Model (Digital Twin) - a virtual, 3D digital model of urban and rural areas to support development design and visualisation.

The Geelong City Deal is further helping us to realise the vision for a smarter Geelong by investing in new technology pilots for the CBD.

In addition, the proposed Budget 2020-2021 will ensure digital access improves with a second year of funding directed to the Bellarine Enhanced Broadband initiative ($610,000).

A partnership with Deakin University and AARNET, the initiative will involve installation of high-capacity optical fibre along the Bellarine Rail Trail corridor from South Geelong train station to Queenscliff.

This will allow City facilities – such as the Potato Shed and children’s centres – and schools along the route to access ultra-high-speed internet.

To foster collaboration – and to understand the opportunities and challenges within Geelong – we are seeking public feedback on the Smart City Framework.

We have a short online survey available and we are hosting two webinars.

One online workshop is aimed at local innovators, with the other better suited to community members or groups.

Details of the online workshops:

  1. Local Businesses and Innovators Workshop: 9 June 2020 from 10:00am to 11:30am
  2. Community Groups Workshop: 9 June 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Councillor Peter Murrihy - Co-Deputy Chair, Economic Development portfolio

This framework is about ensuring we implement smart technology that has an impact on the way we do things across the region; it’s about encouraging change that’s going to add real value.

Councillor Trent Sullivan - Co-Deputy Chair, Economic Development portfolio

Through the development of the Smart City Framework we look forward to working with our community to uncover and refine opportunities for the use of smart technology. We encourage anyone interested to share their thoughts with us.

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