Smart City Awards 2019

The 2019 Smart City Awards were sponsored by:

  • Platinum Sponsor – PAYCE
  • Gold Sponsors– PwC and The University of Technology Sydney
  • Silver Sponsors – KJA and Thales

Winners across eight categories were announced judged by a panel that included:

  • Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO, Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission
  • The Hon Kevin Anderson MP, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation
  • Adam Beck, Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
  • Dorte Ekelund, Principal Advisor on Smart Cities for SMEC and the Chair of the Committee for Sydney’s Smart Cities Taskforce.

Best Community Engagement and Social Outcomes Project

City-on-Wheels from Briometrix.

Briometrix has developed technology that tracks the movements of a wheelchair in the urban landscape. The device collects information about the location, the steepness of the terrain, the angles of footpaths and kerb ramps, the pavement condition, and the speed and power required to navigate the urban terrain.

Environmental Outcome Initiative

Resilient Sydney Platform.

Through the Resilient Sydney data platform as part of Action 13 of the Resilient Sydney Strategy, Resilient Sydney and partners are pioneering a standardised metropolitan-wide process for measuring and reporting on carbon emissions, energy, water and waste in Sydney to enable place-based targets and action.

Best Mobility Outcome Initiative

Contactless Transport Payments by Transport for NSW.

Transport for NSW are investing heavily in an Australian first ticketing innovation to deliver customer choice. Transport for NSW are the national leader in contactless payments technology, allowing customers to tap a credit/debit card or linked device to pay their transport fare. Soon, Transport will finalise the impressive rollout of this exciting technology onto all 5200 buses in the Opal network fleet.

Best Data as an enabler Initiative

VIHEW Tool by CRC for Low Carbon Living.

The Visualisation of Indoor thermal Comfort and Household Energy and Water consumption (VIHEW) tool is an integrated platform that informs a household of their real-time indoor thermal environmental conditions and electricity/ water consumption patterns. The real-time data is collected using IoT meters and sensors. The tool uses the state-of-the-art cloud computing technology and delivers the user-friendly information through an interactive dashboard.

Best Place-Making Outcomes Project

Urban Liveability in Charlestown from The University of Technology Sydney.

UTS is using smart city technology and environmental data to improve urban liveability and engage community in Lake Macquarie. The Technology for Urban Liveability Program (TULIP) has deployed more than 50 environmental monitoring devices around Charlestown to measure temperature, humidity, air quality and noise.

Best Cross Sectoral Collaboration Project

Global Jobs for the Future by Liverpool City Council.

In 2018, Liverpool City Council partnered with NSW Farmers in preparing ‘Growing NSW’s Food Economy – Linking Western Sydney and the Central West’. This unique collaboration provided the opportunity to join the Australian Government funded Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) initiated by NSW Farmers, UNSW and Food Innovation Australia Ltd. Concurrently, Council is working with NSW Primary Industries in examining what a world-leading agribusiness precinct might look like, and how it can provide local job opportunities for the community. Linked directly to the freight and logistics hub, the agribusiness precinct will enable

Best Emerging Idea Initiative

Strata Alert.

Strata Alert is the easiest way for all strata property owners and occupants to stay up to date for all strata issues with their own customized property App. Alerts, notifications, messages and groups improve the efficiency in how owners and occupants communicate eliminating duplication of time and resources.

Overall Best Smart City Project

Resilient Sydney Platform.

Established in 2017, in conjunction with founding partner PAYCE, the Committee for Sydney 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.

The awards provide an opportunity for organisations to profile how they have been contributing to a more data-driven and responsive Greater Sydney.

The 2019 Award categories:

  • Community Engagement and Social Outcomes – An initiative, project or strategy that demonstrates effective public engagement that led to a great public outcome using smart city technology. Benefits may include evidence of improved user experience and a high level of community participation.
  • Environmental Outcomes – An initiative, project or strategy that demonstrates that it has achieved a high level of environmental benefit in the area in which it is located. Initiatives that can demonstrate the environmental impact of the project and its effects on its surrounding community will be highly regarded.
  • Mobility Outcomes – An initiative, project or strategy that demonstrates that it has greatly improved mobility across the City. Projects that can demonstrate direct citizen impact will be highly regarded.
  • Data as an Enabler – A platform, initiative, project or strategy that demonstrates how it has created a new markets, opportunities or behaviour change through data use.
  • Place-Making Outcomes – A precinct-base project that demonstrates it has used smart cities technologies to deliver better services and citizen experiences.
  • Cross Sectoral Collaboration – An initiative, project or strategy that demonstrates how two or more sectors have collaborated on a project which has led to a great outcome. Highly regarded projects will demonstrate how a solution was achieved that could not have occurred by one entity alone.
  • Emerging Idea – This category is for projects, strategies or initiatives still emerging that show promise to deliver outcomes for Sydney in the future.
  • 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 selected from nominations from the 7 other categories.

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Eligibility Criteria

Applications are invited from Committee for Sydney members and non-members.

Projects must demonstrate how they have used technology and/or data to deliver outcomes. Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • scalability
  • impact
  • degree of innovation.

All entries will be considered for the Best Smart City Project. The winner of the Best Smart City Project will receive a bespoke study tour developed by the Committee for Sydney.

Application Process

Applying is simple and is open to any project across Sydney. Your application should include:

  • Contact details of the nominator
  • Details of all partners involved in the project
  • Details of the project (no more than 300 words)
  • Up to 1 image or diagram (any words in the diagram are included in word count).


An esteemed panel of independent experts will review this year’s nominations.

The Hon. Kevin Anderson MP
NSW Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO
Chief Commissioner, Greater Sydney Commission

Dorte Ekelund
Principal Advisor on Smart Cities for SMEC and Chair of the Committee for Sydney’s Smart Cities Taskforce

Adam Beck
Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

The winners will be announced at the Smart City Awards Gala Dinner at Doltone House Hyde Park, 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm, Thursday, 19 September 2019.

Reserve your tickets now!

Members receive two free tickets to the event.  Additional tickets are available for purchase at $250 pp plus booking fee.

Non-members can purchase tickets to this event at $300 pp plus booking fee.

Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO

Larry is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with a wealth of experience in creating new value and impact with science. He has a PhD in Physics and became a global leader in laser research, for which he was honoured as a Federation Fellow and later as an ATSE (Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering) Fellow.

He invented the “eye-safe” laser which enabled lasers to be used safely in public. He was inspired at Stanford to found his first company, Light Solutions, which invented the world’s first solid-state green laser for the treatment of blindness in diabetics. Light Solutions merged with infra-red laser company Iris Medical in 1995, and the green-laser sales propelled the new company Iridex to IPO (initial public offering) on Nasdaq.

He was CEO/MD and founder of another five companies, frequently based on Stanford’s science, in biotechnology, telecommunications, semiconductors, and venture capital, including Arasor which he took public in 2006. In 2007, he became MD of Southern Cross Ventures, specialising in Australian innovation, where he delivered the first Nasdaq IPO of an Australian-venture backed startup commercialising science.

He has 100 publications and conference papers, holds 20 patents, and has served on 20 boards of high-tech companies operating in the US, Australia and China. Larry is a Male Champion of Change committed to tackling gender equality. He is a passionate supporter of Australian innovation, returning to Australia to lead CSIRO, which he believes is the essential catalyst to improve Australia’s innovation performance.

Smart City Awards 2018

Created in partnership with PAYCE, the 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.

Best Industry-led Partnership

Keolis Downer for Keoride

Keoride is a partnership between Keolis Downer, AECOM, Via, GoGet, Data61 and Transport for NSW to deliver on-demand transport options linking people on the Northern Beaches to their nearest B-line stop and on-demand services across the Macquarie Park innovation precinct. In the first year of operation, tens of thousands of passengers have used the service in the two pilot areas with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

On the Northern Beaches, nearly 15,000 passengers have used the service after just 8 months. Customer feedback is extremely positive: 96 per cent of customers estimate Keoride is a better option than their individual car and 98 per cent feel safe and find it convenient. In Macquarie Park, 5,000 trips were done in the first four months.

Best Local Government Initiative

Liverpool City Council for the Smart Pedestrian Project

Liverpool City Council’s Smart Pedestrian Project is a ground-breaking initiative that will revolutionise urban design and traffic management in the city. Developed in collaboration with industry research partners, the project uses a combination of CCTV, image recognition, Wi-Fi and LPWAN technologies to collect real time volumes of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in Liverpool city centre.

Best Community Initiative

SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong for Wollongong Digital Living Lab

The Wollongong Digital Living Lab was launched by the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. SMART has deployed a public Internet of Things network across Wollongong using LoRaWAN technology. The network provides an open, free-to-air platform, accessible to the entire community to use for research and to test new ideas.

Best NSW Government Initiative

Sydney Water for the IoT Pilot

Sydney Water has installed more than 320 IoT devices as part of an Internet of Things network that can provide real-time information to improve knowledge of water and wastewater systems and infrastructure. The IoT network has had real on the ground impacts, preventing sewer chokes and wastewater overflows.

Overall Best Smart City Project

Keolis Downer for Keoride

Full list of winners and nominees

Best Industry-Led Partnership

Winner: Keoride nominated by Keolis Downer

Highly Commended: UTS District Cooling Project nominated by the University of Technology Sydney

  • GetOutdoors nominated by BlueChilli
  • Western Sydney University Liverpool City Campus nominated by Western Sydney University
  • SunSPoT nominated by Australian PV Institute
  • Wentworth Point nominated by Billbergia
  • Building Code Energy Performance Trajectory nominated by CRC for Low Carbon Living
  • Highly Commended: Sydney Airport Facial Recognition Trial nominated by Sydney Airport
  • Microclimate and Urban Heat Island Mitigation Decision- Support Tool nominated by CRC for Low Carbon Living
  • Demand Management Incentive Fund nominated by Ausgrid
  • Project Sydney: Bradfield Oration nominated by News Corp
  • Liverpool Innovation Precinct nominated by South Western Sydney Local Health District
  • CityPulse Sydney nominated by PwC
  • Future Street nominated by Place Design Group
  • UTS OTOVAC nominated by the University of Technology Sydney
  • Sydney Fish Market Smart Waste Showcase nominated by KPMG and Sydney Fish Market
  • Thinxtra Smart Council Program nominated by Thinxtra
  • The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities nominated by Investa
  • Myair CitySensors nominated by City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

Best Community Initiative

Winner: Wollongong Digital Living Lab nominated by SMART Infrastructure Facility, UOW

  • Free to Be nominated by Plan International Australia
  • Re-engagement Initiative into Supportive Education (RISE) nominated by Sydney Community Foundation
  • CityData Active Transport nominated by City Futures Research Centre, UNSW

Best NSW Government Initiative

Winner: Sydney Water IoT Pilot nominated by Sydney Water

Highly Commended: Open Loop Ticketing nominated by Mastercard

  • Healthy Homes and Neighbourhoods nominated by Sydney Local Health District
  • Healthy Beginnings App nominated by Sydney Local Health District
  • Connected Garden nominated by Optus and Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Domain

Best Local Government Initiative

Winner: Smart Pedestrian Project nominated by Liverpool City Council

Highly Commended: TULIP – City of Sydney Smart Urban Heat Monitoring nominated by the University of Technology Sydney

  • Smart Social Spaces nominated by People and Place Research Cluster, UNSW
  • Liveability Indicator Mapping nominated by SGS Economics and Planning
  • Campbelltown Smart City Dashboard and Platform nominated by Kinesis and Campbelltown City Council
  • Highly Commended: FloodSmart Parramatta nominated by City of Parramatta
  • Turn Down the Heat nominated by Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

Overall Best Smart City Project

Winner: Keoride nominated by Keolis Downer