- Published: 13 September 2022
The cities were recognised in the World Smart City Expo event that took place in Korea, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors from 60 countries and 200 cities.
The Australian City of Greater Geelong and the Spanish city of Barcelona have been jointly crowned smart city of the year at the World Smart City Expo in Korea, which took place last week.
Goyang Special City, Daegu Metropolitan City, Busan, Bucheon, Incheon Free Economic Zine Authority, Incheon Metropolitan City and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province were featured in the Korean smart city winners’ showcas
Smart city showcase
The event is the largest smart city-related technology exhibition in Asia, attracting more than 20,000 visitors from 60 countries and 200 cities.
The awards also recognised smart city technology providers in the region, including Hanzoom, One More Security, ScalaWox and Softhills.
Barcelona City Council was hailed for the Barcelona Green Deal, which aims to build a resilient, fair and sustainable city. The award organisers said indicators at the end of 2019 illustrated “competitive, sustainable data and a social situation that showed a notably good growth perspective”.
They also said the city’s economic fabric and key sectors such as industry 4.0, healthcare and bioscience, digital and creative, align with promoting technological development, building cultural identity and boosting the city’s overall attractiveness.
The City of Greater Geelong was recognised for developing a shared vision for the future of smart technology, open data and innovation. Mayor Peter Murrihy praised the joint efforts between council, the private sector, the education sector and other levels of Government to create a more liveable, sustainable and thriving community.
“Greater Geelong is an innovative, pioneering city and we are proud to have a place on the world stage to highlight the way we’re using smart technology and digital innovation,” he said.
Examples of smart city initiatives underway in Greater Geelong include:
- enhanced fibre installation to the Bellarine peninsula, future proofing the city with a digital infrastructure
- Geelong Data Exchange: an open data portal that anyone can access, modify and reuse
- internet of things (IoT) smart sensors to collect data and insights
- Hollow Hunt: a citizen science initiative to protect tree hollows
- Weather Together: a community weather data project to understand microclimates
- Urban Forest Dashboard: sharing data on city-managed trees
- public wifi and enhanced broadband: to reduce the digital divide and stimulate business innovation.
Councillor Sarah Mansfield, innovative solutions deputy chair, said the award is in recognition of the progress the city has made since the adoption of its Smart City Strategic Framework in 2021. “Smart City projects are all about making a difference to our community and environment,” she said. “We’re using smart sensors to help protect native wildlife and sharing data on more than 165,000 trees we manage through our new Urban Forest Dashboard.
“These events are really important for sharing our achievements and being inspired by smart city initiatives from across the globe.”
Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 05.09.2022