Australian Cities Getting Smarter

Ever been shocked by size of your business’s quarterly water bill? Wouldn’t it be great if you could track your consumption in real time every hour of every day?

Ever seen an over-flowing industrial bin on a construction site? What if the bin could self-notify when it was full and send out an alert to be collected?

Ever wanted to go for a long summer walk or cycle but have been put off because it was just too hot? What if an app could recommend a low temperature route for your journey?

You may think these ideas are theoretical thought bubbles.

However, they are real solutions which have been funded under the first round of an Australian Government grants program called ‘Smart Cities’. The scheme, announced late last year, saw 49 projects share in close to $28m.

Tolerro’s CEO and Managing Director, Anomi Bruynius, says these projects are further evidence of a wave of AI innovation which is finally coming to fruition.

“In a world where ‘Internet of Things’ is commonplace; data analytics and sensor-enabled services can be used to improve the way we view our surroundings and utilise the facilities and opportunities available to us.

“At an industrial level the applications may not seem obvious, but they are definitely happening. For instance, at Tolerro we are seeing smart technologies beginning to revolutionise the world of asset management and facilities management.”

For all of us who rely on roads, waterways and power, the application of smart facilities and asset management solutions means our public infrastructure is being better maintained, will last longer and ultimately will cost far less to operate and replace.

Check out this video on smarter sensor driven street lighting, where lighting is provided when it is required. On-Demand street lighting can result in less energy consumption, less maintenance, less carbon emission and less cost.

Perhaps most exciting about the world of AI is the fact that the technology already exists. What we are now experiencing is the creative application of years of development, limited only by our imaginations.

‘Smart Cities’ is just one way of drawing out these creative ideas and a further $22m is now up for grabs under the program. The scheme offers grants from $250,000 up to $5 million for projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. You can find out more about the next round of Smart Cities grants here.

Applications close on 2 July.