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Rise of the South Australian Smart City

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The Rise of the South Australian Smart City

Smart cities’ is the often-heard term used to describe the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to transform social, cultural and urban development. The Smart city concept has evolved from the initial technology focus and has broadened to include the citizen and environment.

Despite Australia’s international ‘in the saddle’ reputation, we are one of the most urbanised countries in the world. Our cities face an array of economic, demographic and environmental challenges, however. Australia is at a crossroad as it chooses a path away from the mining investment boom towards a sustainable and globally efficient economy. The Federal government has recognised the need to support initiatives to develop a knowledge-based economy and the urban environment’s part in that new economy

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To illustrate this, bold plans are presently under way to roll out a 10Gbps fibre optic network in South Australia under a project conceived by the City of Adelaide to establish itself as a major business hub. Given the name ‘Gig City’, the project will provide fast and affordable gigabit internet access for start-ups, entrepreneurs and big businesses in Adelaide.

The new network will connect key innovation precincts and co-working spaces across Adelaide with affordable gigabit-speed internet that is promoted as 100-times faster than the national average. The project is the first of its kind in Australia and represents a bold new vision for South Australia, and with other such smart city projects coming to life across the country it clearly heralds the rise of the Australian Smart City. The new project is expected to be rolled out during the early part of 2018.

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But it’s not just about fast and cheaper internet, although this is a good place to start. Efficient buildings and public lighting; access to clean energy and water supplies; efficient transport networks; a sense of safety and security – these are the prerequisites modern cities must fulfill to stay competitive and provide a decent quality of life for its citizens. These are the aspirations of cities and towns across our nation, and the ‘hot button topics’ for governments and councils as Australian cities look to compete as major attractions for tourism, for business and community living.

Cities are starting to consider the development of their smart city in a more strategic way. Australia’s first smart airport city is being developed in Sydney and Australia’s first 5G city will be in Adelaide. These are examples of how Australian Smart city programme managers, urban planners, government decision makers, and utilities and telecommunications planners are combining efforts to fulfill the smart city vision.

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Australian Smart Lighting Summit

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Green Frog Systems to Exhibit at the 5th Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre 13 -14 September 2017.

Green Frog Systems, the leading Australian designers of solar and smart outdoor lighting will be exhibiting at the 2017 Australian Smart Lighting Summit at stand number #17. The Green Frog Systems team will be showcasing the latest smart connected GFS-Stealth solar lights, along with a live working example of Katherine Town Council’s recently implemented smart connected Sentinel LED street lights.

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Australia’s first, smart street lighting deployment will be discussed by David Moore on the second day of the summit at 11:30am. David Moore is the Operations Manager of Katherine Town Council in the Northern Territory and will be speaking about his experience implementing the smart connected lighting technology.

Although LED street lighting deployment is becoming common practice, Katherine town Council (KTC) in the Northern Territory implemented a city wide smart lighting control system to monitor and control each individual light fitting.

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Katherine has integrated LED street lighting with a smart lighting control system for the entire town. This system incorporates advanced real time power monitoring and lighting controls with the ability to also monitor and control its solar lighting assets deployed in the parkland areas into one central management system.

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Intelligent Street Lighting to be Exhibited at ASCAC

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Green Frog Systems Showcasing Latest Intelligent Street Lighting Technologies at Australian Smart Communities Association Conference.

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Green Frog Systems, Leading Australian Street Lighting Designer, will participate as an exhibitor at the 2017 Australian Smart Communities Association Conference (ASCAC), the premier annual event for smart city advocates and professionals, in booth #5. The event will take place at the Adelaide Convention Centre between the 29th and 31st of May 2017.

The event is being targeted to a diverse group of smart city advocates, community professionals including business innovators with new smart community technologies, digital hero companies playing a part in making Australia a connected series of smart communities, and local, state and national government decision makers who drive implementation of smart projects and policies.

The ASCC offers a comprehensive three-day conference program of exceptional professional development opportunities as well as an exhibit hall showcasing the latest products and technology in the industry. Michael Whereat, President of the Australian Smart Communities Association said the conference featured an exciting program of international and national keynote speakers, panel discussions with leading smart community professionals and a trade exhibition of leading technology businesses and organisations.

Doug Underdown will be showcasing the latest intelligent street lighting technology for Green Frog Systems in booth #5. He will be conducting full demonstrations of the features and capabilities of the wireless connected lighting system throughout the conference as well as exhibiting various other solar and LED lighting products.


The Australian Smart Communities Association Conference is the only conference run by smart communities professionals for smart communities professionals. By using smart solutions, smart communities become more efficient, increase the capability of existing infrastructure and services, and improve the quality of life for their citizens. The conference provides the platform to showcase these smart solutions, celebrate the successes of our smart communities and share stories with members and the broader community.

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