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Newcastle: a 'living lab' to test driverless cars, parking sensors and lockout laws | Guardian Sustainable Business. When the entrepreneur Dr Gunilla Burrowes reaches for a metaphor to describe Newcastle, she comes up with “the Goldilocks city”. She means that like the middle bed in the fairytale, it is just the right size to be able to get things done. “That has really powerful implications for business,” she says. “We are small enough to get to know each other quite well personally and [care] about each other, but big enough to have a marketplace to have the services.” With a population of about 400,000, composition and geography, the New South Wales coastal city is an ideal candidate to be a “living lab” – a place where companies can trial their inventions to see how they perform in the real world.

For this reason, Newcastle was picked to trial such innovations as the state government’s lockout laws for pubs, a new McDonald’s menu, and a parking sensor app. And the NRMA has nominated the city as a place to test driverless cars. Newcastle city council is well on the way to making the smart city appear. Smart Cities and Suburbs Program | The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provides funding to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges to improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns. Overview The $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was announced as part of the 2016 election campaign. The program will support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations – local governments, private companies, research organisations and not for profit bodies – to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

The program involves two components: A granting component which opened for applications on 17 March and will close on 30 June 2017. Register your interest Future Ready incubation package What support or funding is available? Who can apply? Smart Cities Council | Teaming to build the cities of the future. Smart Cities Council | Teaming to build the cities of the future. Find beautiful, practical spaces you can reserve on the go | Breather.

Tree Shaped Wind Turbines to be Installed in Paris. A French company called New Wind is installing tree-shaped wind turbines at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France. The company’s founder, Jérôme Michaud-Larivière came up with the idea while in a Paris square, when he “saw the leaves tremble when there was not a breath of air.” He hopes the trees can be used to exploit small air currents flowing along buildings and streets, and could eventually be installed in people’s yards and urban centres. He is the first to admit the efficiency of the trees is low compared to more consistent currents higher up, but believes the £23,500 trees are more viable and less intrusive than ‘monstrous’ conventional wind turbines. The 26 foot high trees, which use tiny blades inside the ‘leaves’, could potentially be profitable after a year of wind speeds averaging 7.8 mph.

They can generate electricity in wind speeds as low as 4.5 mph. Scroll down for more photos and the video. Photos Watch the video: Visit the New Wind R&D Website (French) Beach wheelchair gives north Queensland locals a new lease on life. Updated Imagine wanting nothing more than the feeling of sand between your toes and warm water lapping at your legs, but being bound to the flat, concrete carpark. That was a reality for Mackay's Sian Burrows, who for the past four years, has been restricted to a wheelchair. "I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the end of 2012, and by the beginning of 2014 it had affected my legs," she said.

"It meant then that living in the northern beaches, I was sitting on the shore not able to actually get onto the beach. "Feeling the sea breeze, feeling water under my feet, and then putting my feet in the sand — they're all sorts of things that you just don't get when you're sitting on the shore, so I've always kept thinking of how I could get onto the beach.

" Inspired by her desire to get down to the shore, Ms Burrows approached a local charity to pitch the idea of buying a wheelchair designed to move on the sand. Community beach wheelchair "I didn't think it would be so good, but it was great. Day One: 25th October, 2016 8:30 Registration, morning coffee and tea 8:50 Welcome to Country Address 8:55 Opening remarks from chair Stephen Bali, Mayor, Blacktown City Council Australia’s Smart City Outlook 9:05 Opening Keynote: Reviewing Australia’s future smart city vision – Future initiatives and goals • Overview of Australia’s existing smart city capabilities • Analysing existing technology and initiatives available to support future infrastructure • Evaluating the importance of public transports as a “key to the cities of the future” • Government’s future plans for a smarter Australia: where do future opportunities lie?

Invited: Infrastructure Australia (pending election) 9:50 What does ‘Smart City’ mean? • What does the term mean? Simon Humphrey, Strategy & Commercial Director, Keolis Downer 10:35 Morning Tea 10:50 Exclusive Case Study: Newcastle as a Smart City hub Getting smart about revitalisation: Smart cities as a pathway to urban renewal Next Generation Urban Lifestyles Lunch 12:20. Smart Cities Australia Forum Brochure. Lake Mac Smart City, Smart Council Digital Economy Strategy | Lake Macquarie. The Smart City will save Council and the community money, drive local innovation, provide new jobs, and improve community well-being and environmental sustainability.

Council does not hold all the answers. It is up to all of us to work together to make the City an even better place. Got an idea worth sharing? Have a think about how you can contribute or connect with others to create the Smart City. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .More often we are conducting business and maintaining friendships online - banking, shopping, sharing information - you name it.

A Smart City is a City where great apps are available to help people get around, go about their daily lives, do business and collaborate. Council is exploring how to facilitate app development by people in the community. (External link)(External link) (External link) Urban Europe — statistics on cities, towns and suburbs — smart cities - Statistics Explained. Data extracted in February–April 2016. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database. Figure 1: Proportion of people aged 20–34 in full-time tertiary education, 2013 (1)(%)Source: Eurostat (urb_ceduc) and (urb_cpop1) Figure 2: Proportion of people aged 25–64 possessing a tertiary level of educational attainment, 2012 (1)(%)Source: Eurostat (urb_ceduc) Map 1: Patent applications to the European Patent Office, by metropolitan region, 2011 (¹)(per million inhabitants)Source: Eurostat (pat_ep_mtot) and (pat_ep_ntot) Figure 4: Proportion of people satisfied with their commuting time, by degree of urbanisation, 2013 (1)(rating, 0–10)Source: Eurostat (ilc_pw02) Map 2: Proportion of people who were satisfied with public transport in their city, 2015 (¹)(%)Source: Eurostat (urb_percep) and (urb_cpop1) Definitions of territorial units What makes a smart city?

Main statistical findings Education The Italian city of Pisa had a very high number of tertiary education students. Smart cities: 6 essential technologies. Smart cities are no longer the wave of the future. They are here now and growing quickly as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands and impacts municipal services around the globe. The smart city industry is projected to be a $400 billion market by 2020, with 600 cities worldwide. These cities are expected to generate 60% of the world's GDP by 2025, according to McKinsey research, as previously published in TechRepublic.

While there are many definitions of a smart city, in general, a smart city utilizes IoT sensors, actuators and technology to connect components across the city, and it impacts every layer of a city, from underneath the streets, to the air that citizens are breathing. Data from all segments is analyzed, and patterns are derived from the collected data. SEE: Smart cities: The smart person's guide (TechRepublic) There are key technologies that make a smart city work. 1.

"Lighting is ubiquitous—it's everywhere that people work, travel, shop, dine, and relax. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town Official Site | FujisawaSST (Fujisawa City) How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up | Guardian Sustainable Business. [IEEE Xplore] Readings on Smart Cities - IEEE Smart Cities. Smart cities | Cities. Home - IEEE Smart Cities. Smart Cities & Sustainable Urban Development | Arup. Digital technologies make smart cities more liveable, sustainable and prosperous. Your city relies on a complex web of systems and services to survive. As independent experts in the built environment, we understand how technology can be used to help cities thrive. Arup sees smart cities as one of the tools for urban development, with people at the heart of the process. We advise policy makers, executives, city departments, developers, and industry on defining how much to invest and how much value they can get from being 'smart'.

Our range of services covers strategy and organisation, urban informatics, business systems and architecture, and infrastructure advice that, taken together or individually, will help deliver smart services. Understanding the opportunity Just how big an opportunity is this? Keeping technology open Technology brings greater benefits to cities when it is used in an open and collaborative way. Implementing smart. 25 Technologies Every Smart City Should Have.

You think cities are crowded now? By 2030, more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. But before we get to that kind of population density, we have to optimize our cities. We need to make them smarter and better; technology can help. Cities all around the world work with developers and contractors to make city living better, whether it's improving the timing of traffic lights or creating a useful app, which becomes more powerful as smartphone penetration continues to increase. Apps and well-implemented technology can help cash-strapped governments save money and, be more efficient. We put together a list of the technology that we want to see in every major city. Open-data initiatives and hackathons, like New York City's BigApps competition, which produce useful and resource-saving apps to improve cities and keep citizens informed. All-digital and easy-to-use parking payment systems — think EZ-pass for parking.

Does your city offer these technologies? Smart Cities - Connecting the Cities of the Future - Qualcomm. Ystop – Just another WordPress site.