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Canberra and Adelaide leading smart city innovation

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program


Canberra and Adelaide leading Smart City Innovation in Australia. A new Smart City Cooperation Agreement was signed today by Chief Minister Andrew Barr and City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese signaling a joint commitment to leading the nation in smart city innovation.

“Adelaide and Canberra are already prominent exemplars of smart city innovation, with stand out projects that have created greater efficiency and better outcomes for our citizens,” said the Chief Minister.

“I’m proud the ACT Government has already delivered free public WiFi, open data, smart parking, and is using customer data to make public transport improvements to provide the smart city backbone Canberra needs to continue to be a great place to live and work now and in the future.

“Adelaide is a national leader in the smart city sphere, with a wide array of projects from being the first Australian city to deliver free large-scale WiFi and smart lighting on its city streets, to building an urban innovation lab known as Smart City Studio – in conjunction with the State Government.

“Our mutual commitment to share data and best practice information on smart city initiatives aligns with national priorities of improving the connectivity and liveability of cities.

“Together, we will not only seek to raise our respective national smart city profiles, but also boost Australia’s smart city reputation on the international stage.

“This agreement will help position us for funding through the federal government Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and leverage valuable national and international exposure as leading smart cities.”

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said that the City of Adelaide is determined to be known throughout the world as a Smart City with a globally-connected and opportunity-rich economy.

He said Adelaide’s Smart City plans are an integral part of Council’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan and that 2017 was going to be an exciting year as more Smart City initiatives like smart parking would be implemented.

“Adelaide—recognised by worldwide IT leader Cisco as the Southern Hemisphere’s first Lighthouse City—is also currently gaining worldwide recognition for its plan to become the first capital city in Australia to construct a transformational 21st century Ten Gigabit Optical Fibre Network.”

The ACT Government’s smart city program utilises smart partnerships, smart policy and smart technology to ensure Canberra remains the world’s most liveable city. Read more at

Adelaide is well on the way to becoming a Smart City and, with an enormous capacity for innovation, will use technology to embrace a better connected, more sustainable future. Read more at