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Smart Cities: A snapshot of Australia in 2018

Smart Cities: A snapshot of Australia in 2018

2018 saw a shift from theory to practice as local government leaders use Smart Cities initiatives to transform services, not only for operational efficiency, but to meet wider citizen and strategic needs. We saw more proof-points and demonstrable project outcomes in the field coupled with an increased focus on the operating model and digital transformation opportunities for councils.

Toni Jones

Partner in Charge Industries, Enterprise and Local Government Sector Leader

KPMG Australia


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During the Public Sector Network and KPMG Smart Cities Series 2018 we heard from city mayors and chief executive officers, planners and policy makers as they looked to:

  • develop their Smart City strategies
  • engage with their citizens and communities
  • leverage the Smart City agenda to transform their council operations and
  • establish strong partnerships for collaboration.

We captured a snapshot of a Smart City movement that is focused on citizen needs and is moving from theory to practice. In this report and set of videos we have shared some of the common themes and challenges, case studies and insights from the participants.

Moving from theory to practice

2018 saw a small but noticeable shift from ‘what’ to ‘how’ as more councils started to put plans into action.In 2017, 20 percent of our survey participants had ‘Not yet started’ on their Smart City journey, and this year that was down to 13 percent.

Where are you on your Smart City journey?
Where are you on your Smart City journey?

Laying the foundations – top projects being planned

The focus on foundational smart platforms is encouraging, as they have the ability to pool data together from different sources (such as weather, events, parking, transport etc.) for analysis and decision making, which are at the core of operating a Smart City. We continue to see a shift away from point solutions towards more integrated and interoperable systems that can support a fast evolving technology environment.

Top projects planning in next 12-18 months
Smart Cities: Top projects planning in next 12-18 months

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