Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) today announced that leading edge smart cities advisory and data platform firm [ui!] the urban institute has joined the Council as Associate Partner, signaling its move to more comprehensively support the sustainable growth of cities across the region.
The announcement aligns with the roll-out of the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program, which has catalysed significant interest by local government in the investment of smart technologies and data platforms to help accelerate their aspirations around liveability, economic development and climate change mitigation.
In joining the Council, [ui!] will also contribute its experience to SCCANZ’s key project – The Code for Smart Communities - which is set to become a leading resource for government and industry by defining the core principles and performance metrics for smart urban development projects.
“[ui!] is a leading incubator and innovative software and consulting company in the field of smart cities,” SCCANZ Executive Director Adam Beck explained. “Urban data is a core asset to the sustainable growth of our cities, and the [ui!] UrbanPulse, an open real-time IoT-data platform for efficient, real-time storage and provision of sensors and sensor data, is an example of how cities can enhance their sustainability performance.”
“From traffic reduction and smarter lighting, to carparking optimisation and energy management, [ui!] has created some of the most exciting platforms that are currently used across Europe, the US and Australia” said Beck.
“The urban institute is an incubator for new smart city services on the basis of urban data,” explains Australian CEO Prof. Simon Kaplan. “An important focus of our work is capturing and converting data into actionable intelligence, by accessing the data of urban infrastructure and helping cities advance the provision of sustainable urban mobility, optimising energy management in districts and supporting the implementation of climate targets.”
Kaplan said “this is good news for cities, as it drives new revenue, increased satisfaction of citizens and businesses as well as reduced operating costs for the city.”
“Our partnership with [ui!] is grounded in our strong alignment that mitigating climate change, enhancing the prosperity of citizens and driving commercial success are not mutually exclusive aims, and instead make up a sustainable alliance for the future of urban spaces,” Beck said.