Tamworth New South Wales to begin smart city trial
With the help of the IoT and research from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Tamworth become a smart city through the use IT systems to monitor and control data flows through a range of smart services.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Tamworth Council, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Providence Asset Group with a view to creating a ‘fully integrated smart city‘.
UNSW Professor, Joe Dong, Director of the UNSW Digital Futures Grid Institute, who is leading the research at UNSW, said: “The aim for the Tamworth Smart City project was to build IT systems that would monitor and control data flowing through ‘smart’ services, using the wireless network. We are in the very early stages, but it is exciting to be a part of such an innovative project: Australia’s first fully integrated smart city trial.
“It will take some time before it is clear what the tangible outcomes may be, but right now we do know the partnership is looking to bring significant investment to our region and is committed to securing a project which benefits council, our community and local industry. You could have other apps on the smart network for a variety of purposes – such as wearable health monitors that alert your medical practitioners should you need to go and see them or live transport and traffic monitoring to give you alternative routes as soon as a hazard occurs.
“If we can prove that our solution works, the potential benefits are endless. UNSW is very excited to trial these systems with Tamworth City and Providence and hopes it will provide a template for other smart cities in Australia in the future.”
Tamworth Regional Council, General Manager, Paul Bennett, commented: “There has been no financial commitment being sought from council at this stage. The MoU is essentially the council opening our region to researchers so they can come and learn about the real-world issues experienced by a regional city and to find technological solutions.”
Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of research at UNSW, added: “UNSW Sydney is already a world leader in renewable energy research. However, the challenge to efficiently, stably and affordably generate, store and distribute sustainable electric power for all Australians in future cannot be achieved without significant investment and the contributions of our partner organisations.”
Providence Asset Group, CEO, Henry Sun, commented: “Providence realises Australia has global leading universities and talents. We want to bridge them with industry. On the other side, we are collaborating with world-class partners in the renewable field such as Risen Energy and Sungrow Power.”