What is a smart city?

1. Understanding what a smart city is

A smart city is a city that uses communication technology and data to improve environmental sustainability, quality of life and the way people work in or visit a city.

There are three major steps to building a smart city:

  1. Collecting information (data) about a city. This can be done via devices, sensors and systems that measure and monitor conditions; e.g. through smart lighting poles, smart phones, smart watches, foot traffic counters, CCTV cameras, environmental sensors etc.
  2. Communicating the data. This involves transmitting the data from devices, sensors and systems (Internet of Things) to applications that can analyse and manage the data in real-time.
  3. Analysing the data collected. Turning data into intelligence helps to perfect operations, predict what is likely to happen next and inform decision making to improve quality of life, sustainability, efficiency and more. 

2. Smart City Plan

The City of Unley is developing a Smart City Plan that delivers excellence in smart governance, is transparent, connected and secure. The plan will be innovative, people-focused and problem driven.

The four stages in developing the Smart City Plan are:

Stage 1 - Staff workshops (complete).

Stage 2 - Development of an overarching framework and decision-making principles for smart city projects (August 2022).

Stage 3 - Development of a draft Smart City Plan (August 2022).

Stage 4 - Consultation on draft and finalisation of Smart City Plan (September 2022).