On 29 June, it was impressive to see what our urban future holds at the recently launched Smart Cities Research Institute at Swinburne University of Technology with Angus Taylor MP, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, and to learn about the work the institute will do to make cities more liveable and sustainable for all.
A smart city is one that utilises information and communication technology to provide innovative and efficient services. A smart city raises the standard of living for all while promoting sustainability and reducing human impact on the environment. Most of all a smart city introduces fresh opportunities for citizens to participate in the design decisions about the urban environment that directly affects them.
As part of the Smart Cities Research Institute’s vision, citizens become the designers of the cities in which they live, allowing for more user focused urban planning, which, when combined with ICT, also provides more efficient services. The Smart Cities Research Institute will tackle challenges facing cities by collaborating with industry, business and community.