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 Triangulum.

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 frameworks.

‘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.’

Learn more about Australian smart cities expertise or opportunities for Australian firms in Western Europe.