Australian delegation to Smart City Expo World Congress
14 Nov 2017
A 28-member smart cities delegation will visit Western Europe this week to
coincide with the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain to
showcase Australian expertise in urban efficiency and digital technology
for the built environment.
The Austrade-led mission will be in Barcelona from 13–17 November, followed
by Manchester, England, at the invitation of the United Kingdom Department
of Trade and Investment.
Richard Leather, Austrade’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner for
Western Europe, says the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities covers more
than 3000 partners, 370 commitments, and 31 countries, highlighting the
scale of the opportunity for Australian companies to engage across Europe.
‘The Australian delegation is looking to connect and collaborate as widely
as possible during the conference in Barcelona, and the Austrade team will
be linking major European investors and customers with the delegation
throughout the week,’ adds Leather.
The Smart City Expo World Congress is considered a peak event on the smart
cities calendar, attracting an estimated 17,000 visitors and 650 exhibitors
representing over 700 cities around the world.
The mission program during the conference includes engagement with major
European corporates from Germany, France, Spain, and the Nordic region.
The Manchester leg of the program will include a ‘Smart City Jam’ where UK
smart cities innovators and Australian delegates will workshop ideas to
address the future of advanced urban services. For the Australians, this
will serve as an opportunity to network and explore partnership
opportunities with UK counterparts. The program will also include an
overview of Manchester City Council’s smart city projects: City Verve and
Smart city market revenue is projected to grow to US$88.7 billion in the
next decade according to Navigant Research, and the top 750 smart cities in
the world will generate two-thirds of the world’s global GDP by 2030.
The smart cities mission aims to establish Australia as a trusted partner
and provider of niche technology solutions, sharing Australian experiences
in smart governance and precinct development with key decision makers
across Western European governments and industry.
The delegation from across Australia includes: local government
representatives; academics and researchers from Data61, Swinburne
University and the University of Technology Sydney; and peak industry
bodies such as the Australia New Zealand Smart Cities Council and the
Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA).
Also participating are Australian smart city startups and incubators, as
well as businesses from across the spectrum of smart city expertise such as
cyber security solutions for critical infrastructure, integrated precinct
planning, GIS and data analytics for disaster resilience, intelligent
transport systems, and smart city strategy, governance and policy
‘The strength and diversity of the Austrade delegation underscores the
importance of partnerships and consortia in delivering smart city
projects,’ says Leather. ‘Projects require horizontal and niche
technologies to deliver tailored solutions and solving complex problems
collaboratively with major global smart city market leaders.
‘Australia is a natural partner for global firms looking to diversify the
developments of Industry 4.0 across the urban efficiency sector. We have
world-leading expertise in hyper-connected and hyper-resilient solutions
for remote cities and communities in IOT and ICT technologies.’
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