The Committee has published research into global best practice by cities seeking to make them more data-driven, responsive and smart. This work, badged as #wethecity, has been influential in Federal Cities smart cities initiatives and with the NSW Government’s ‘digital dashboard’.
However, despite progress, there is a need to further incentivise and speed up the adoption and implementation of smart city initiatives – to identify exemplary projects and to scale innovation up so that what great ideas are being developed in our city, whether by local or state government, the private sector or the not for profit/community sector, are embraced and promoted across Greater Sydney.
In a city that leads the Asia-Pacific region on Fintech and leads the nation in ICT and tech start-ups, we must do more to make our city a smart city exemplar. This is why we have decided to create the Committee for Sydney Smart City Awards.
In 2017 we launched the Smart City Awards, in partnership with our Awards Founding partner, PAYCE, a leading property development and investment company.
The Smart City Awards provide a platform to celebrate projects and partnerships that address the fundamental challenges faced by cities, governments, communities, industry and the ICT sector in Sydney, as well as promote, advance and implement efficient design, planning and delivery of urban environments and services through the use of information and communication technology.
We were delighted with the response from our members and the broader community. We received over 50 nominations across our four categories, all of a high calibre. Congratulations to all of our nominees and we especially congratulate our winners and highly commended initiatives.
Overall Best Smart City Project
The project that is most significant in shaping how smart city initiatives can be rolled out across Sydney. This will be drawn from nominations from the 4 other categories.
Winner: Transport for NSW for the Public Transport Information and Priority System
For Sydneysiders it is now standard and expected that we have real-time information about public transport services – but this is a relatively new innovation and is by no means standard around the world. PTIPS real time data provides locations for Sydney Trains, NSW Trains, Light Rail, Ferries and Buses that feed all the transport real time apps including Google Maps. TfNSW was the first and currently only agency globally to provide real-time passenger numbers for the public travelling on buses, including how many people are on board and when it is predicted to arrive. Now, 1.8 million people use real-time information per day.
Best Industry-led Partnership
An initiative where partners came together to tackle a problem unable to be solved by one entity alone. Demonstrated benefits might include resource management, efficiency in service delivery and improved user experiences.
- Winner: UNSW for the Rapid Analytic Interactive Planning Scenario (RAISE)
Best Local Government Initiative
An initiative that delivers a better experience for Council stakeholders including visitors, ratepayers and residents. Candidate projects will deliver operational benefits to Council and/or community benefits. Highly regarded projects will align to Council strategic plans and have the potential to be reproduced across Metropolitan Sydney.
- Winner: Liverpool City Council for the automated section 149 certificates
- Highly Commended: Waverley Council for its solar bins initiative
Best Community Initiative
A community driven project guided by community defined use cases and driven by community benefits. Non-proprietary, low cost solutions that can be easily accessed by new and existing communities will be highly regarded.
Best NSW Government Initiative
An initiative that uses technology to deliver better services for the people of NSW. The initiative may relate to reducing the costs of services or enhancing the customer experience. Initiatives that deliver outcomes for the environment, people or firms across multiple government portfolios will be highly regarded.
- Winner: Transport for NSW for the Public Transport Information and Priority System
- Highly Commended: Royal Botanic Garden for its multi-function technology nodes
Criteria for the awards
Projects were assessed against the following criteria:
- ability to be scaled across a number of areas and user groups;
- impact of the initiative in terms of volume of interactions and value; and
- degree of innovation associated with the initiative, including but not limited to engagement, hardware, software, regulation and finance.
Judging and Prize
Winner of the Overall Best Project award will receive a prize of fully-funded and curated Study Tour to San Francisco.
The awards were judged by an independent panel of experts:
- The Hon. Victor Dominello MP – NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property
- Rachel Botsman – Commentator on Smart Cities and NRMA Board member
- David Epstein – Chair of the Committee for Sydney Smart Cities Taskforce
Watch the video below to see highlights of 2017’s awards.