Our vision for Melbourne as a smart city is simple: to enhance the aspects of our city that make us uniquely Melbourne, and intelligently prepare for the changing needs of the community, the environment and the economy.
We’re not in the business of rolling out technology’s latest bells and whistles for the sake of it. Instead, we’re working with the community (residents, workers, businesses, students and visitors) to design, develop and test the best ways for you to live, work and play in Melbourne. In many cases, innovations in technology will have a role to play in creating and enhancing these experiences.
As a smart city, we’re already off and running. We’re prototyping tailor-made initiatives such as our work with people who are blind, deaf or deaf–blind to better understand how they navigate through the city. As a result of this research, we’ve partnered with Vision Australia to trial beacon technology in Campbell Arcade, which transmits location-specific information to phones. And our Open Data platform has almost 100 unique data sets that are available for anyone to access and use, such as our 24-hour pedestrian counting system, which helps us understand pedestrian activity in our busiest locations so we can better plan for population growth in the future.
That’s how a smart city should operate – adopting useful innovation that folds seamlessly into how we live our lives to improve our day-to-day experiences.
We’ve already achieved a lot and we’re excited about working with you to develop innovative ways to enhance the Melbourne you love, while delivering the city you want and need – now and into the future.