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Newscastle awarded AU$5million Australian Government technology grant to deliver on-demand

Newscastle awarded AU$5million Australian Government technology grant to deliver on-demand, city-wide digital services

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Newcastle has been awarded
a AU$5million Australian Government technology grant to ‘switch on’ city-wide,
on-demand digital services.

The Smart Move Newcastle project has been announced as one of 52 successful
projects totalling AU$28.5million under Round One of the Australian
Government’s inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Under the Program, funding will flow to communities across
Australia, with 40% of successful projects located in regional areas. 

Newcastle City Council will partner with a consortium of
technology businesses, to provide an integrated network for transport, energy
and digital infrastructure, building on efforts to transform the city into a
‘living digital lab’.

The funding will support initiatives including:

  • an electric vehicle hub at the fringe of the
    city centre as a park and ride, with chargers for electric cars, e-bikes for
    hire and on-demand bus transport offering a personalised service for the user
  • bus stops with technology to provide users with
    real time information – how long till next bus, how many seats will be
    available
  • roads and intersections with real-time traffic
    analysis – for example, emergency vehicles get green lights
  • parking sensors to provide data on parking
    availability via apps
  • sensors into older buildings to monitor and
    manage energy use
  • cameras in light poles to analyse cloud coverage
    to estimate solar energy production
  • city-wide data analytics platform, collecting
    data from sensor networks, vehicles and people – these insights can then be
    supplied via apps and dashboards to help people make decisions such as: do I
    leave for work now or wait 15 minutes? do I open my business later because
    there's a lot of pedestrian traffic at my front door at 6pm?

In addition to the Australian Government’s AU$5 million
contribution, the City of Newcastle along with a substantial number of partners
will contribute AU$10 million to see the project become a reality.

The AU$50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is a key element of the
Government’s Smart Cities Plan.

Round One of the AU$50 million program received more than
170 applications.

Details on each of the 52 successful projects are available
on the Smart Cities website.

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