Committee for Sydney announces winners of inaugural Smart City Awards

Committee for Sydney announces winners of inaugural Smart City Awards
October 19, 2017 Jordan Roberts

Thursday 19th October, 2017

Winners have been announced today of the Committee for Sydney’s inaugural Smart City Awards.

The Awards have been created in partnership with PAYCE to 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.

Five categories were announced tonight, judged by a panel that included Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Finance and Services; Rachel Botsman, Smart Cities Commentator and board member of the NRMA and David Epstein, Chair of the Committee for Sydney’s Smart Cities Taskforce. As noted by Minister Dominello, the “calibre of the entries was very, very high”, with 54 entries from the public and private sectors. Dominic Sullivan, Director of PAYCE, noted that “this is a great initiative to make sure that Sydney becomes a great Global City.”

Michael Rose AM, Chair of the Committee for Sydney; David Epstein, Chair of the CfS Smart Cities Taskforce; Lucy Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission; Rachel Botsman, Smart Cities Commentator; Dominic Sullivan, Director of PAYCE; Heather Nesbitt, Social Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission. 

The winners announced tonight at an awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre are:

Best Industry-led Partnership

UNSW for the Rapid Analytic Interactive Planning Scenario (RAISE)

RAISE is a city analytics tool that enables users to rapidly estimate and visualise property values against spatial data like land zoning, proximity to services and transport. The tool rapidly calculates the uplift effect of new infrastructure on property prices at land parcel level and will help Government agencies to realise better infrastructure outcomes for Sydney’s citizens. It’s already being used across Western Sydney for 600,000 land parcels spanning 4 LGAs.

In this category there were two highly commended initiatives: Kinesis for CCAP City and OneMap.

Best Local Government Initiative

Liverpool City Council for the automated section 149 certificates

Liverpool City Council issues more than 6,000 s.149 Planning Certificates necessary when selling, purchasing or developing properties in NSW. In the past this process required council staff to issue and manually review the certificate. By repurposing GIS and secondary data sources, Liverpool has fully automated this process, reducing the turnaround time from 5 days to 5 minutes.

In this category Waverley Council was highly commended for its solar bins initiative.

Best Community Initiative

Infoxchange for Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy is a free, location-based mobile website that helps homeless Australians each night to find food, shelter and other support services. Almost 80% of people who are homeless own a smartphone and now they can search more than 350,000 services across Australia to find help nearby. It’s free to use on the Telstra network, has had over 500,000 searches in the first 18 months, and helps feed information back into the system to understand service demand and uncover service gaps.

In this category BanjoMaps was highly commended.

Best NSW Government Initiative

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.

In this category Royal Botanic Garden was highly commended for its multi-function technology nodes.

Overall Best Smart City Project

Transport for NSW for the Public Transport Information and Priority System

The Committee for Sydney congratulates all nominees and winners.