ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART IV

PALAMIR was interviewed by Thomas Luke of TheLeadSouthAustralia.com on Adelaide as a Smart City, its challenges and advantages. This is PART IV, the final part in a four part series below:

 

Another key point in the plan is the idea of smart policy which is attractive to investors and supports businesses. How well would you say Adelaide does this at the moment, at both a local and state government level?

We are not doing this as well as we could. There are Adelaide companies crying out for assistance for doors to open but instead we get international companies getting better treatment.

I believe that Minister Maher and Premier Weatherill strategy around supporting local businesses is sound practice, however it needs more cohesion, support and communication from the business community.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

There are a lot of companies not just in the tech space that have great capability by themselves or as a collective. i believe e need a method within government that when you talk to someone that message is shared so all relevant departments know the local businesses exist. Also we need to take an approach that supports local companies over and above external so long as the local companies can deliver as good or better solutions. That can be in the form of direct engagement or via other prime companies, but in a method that helps to grow more local capability.

We need to look at the whole lifecycle of business from seed idea to startup to a growing mature business. This has been discussed before under ShapingSA years ago and recently again in another form. We need a forum that is consistent on a regular basis to share ideas so we are aware of local capability that can be supported.

 

Finally, part of this smart policy initiative is a push towards greater energy efficiency. How well would you say Adelaide is doing in this regard, given its push towards becoming carbon neutral?

We are far off the mark. The technology and capability is there however it's not interconnected to provide a smart city. We've just had major price issues with energy and. We need load balancing energy supply that is not just provided by the supplier but also by micro-grid communities who can feed back into the system and use technologies like RedFlow or Tesla battery systems to store and share later.

 

Are there any major areas of improvement you feel should be noted from what we've discussed?

Yes. People need to get out of the fishbowl of Adelaide and see that the world is advanced in some areas not necessarily all areas. We have capability and some leading tech in Adelaide but we need that confidence of knowing that our solutions can actually match or exceed other global soltuions. The main thing is get on with it. Don't wait for the right time because now is that right time. Talk to people. Tell them the good ideas you have, because you never know that they may just open a door for you or validate your idea.

 

JUST DO IT.

 

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART I

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART II

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART III

 

ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART III

Recently PALAMIR was interviewed by Thomas Luke of TheLeadSouthAustralia.com on Adelaide as a Smart City, its challenges and advantages. We will be releasing the full version in parts, here is PART III below:

 

Do you see any advantages in Adelaide's small size relative to other Australian capitals in terms of infrastructure demand?

SABRENET (South Australian research and education broadband network) has laid 180km of dark fiber whereby innovation precincts in Adelaide and greater metro area from north to south will be able to access affordable 1-10G for business. Eventually this idea became GIGCITY ADELAIDE.

 

Does that same small size have any advantages in terms of networking or skill clusters

Definitely. Adelaide's small size means that we are communicating with 1-2 degrees of separation. This is important when trying to open doors or network with decision makers.

 

Are there any other advantages you feel come out of Adelaide's smaller scale?

The networking collaboration also allows a group of small companies to come together who are complementary. Take for example Medical Communications Associates (MCA) in Belair and PALAMIR in Adelaide & London. Individually these companies have some world class technologies (MCA on real-time pathology results and PALAMIR on Resilient Safe Smart City geospatial big data systems and analytics) however together they have a solution which answers a range of questions that weren't previously asked.

There are more companies like Alcidion, Personify, Glashaus and Daelibs which when they collaborate the sum of the parts is greater and can provide solutions way above expectations.

We effectively have a virtual community of medical It companies in our backyard which can actually provide most of the IT requirements any hospital would require. It's important that local companies be given the same level playing field as multi-nationals. The saying goes "no one was ever fired for employing someone from IBM". However does the client always get the most innovative proposal?

This is where local companies need to speak with their local Politician and let them know they exist. Most politicians don't know the capability exist in Adelaide.

 

As part of his smart city plan, Turnbull announced $50 billion in land transport investment - how do you see this impacting Adelaide in particular?

Adelaide at present doesn't have much population to really benefit, however we can lay the foundations to now to allow us to be green and world leading. That's actually a plus because unlike the Eastern seaboard rolling out such infrastructure is difficult with huge traffic, so Adelaide's size is actually its benefit and that means we can actually be using smart transport and infrastructure far quicker than most other cities. The flow effect from that means it will help Adelaide climb that ladder of livability quicker and thus attract more people to stay and more people to come to Adelaide.

 

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ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART II

Recently PALAMIR was interviewed by Thomas Luke of TheLeadSouthAustralia.com on Adelaide as a Smart City, its challenges and advantages. We will be releasing the full version in parts, here is PART II below:

 

Part of Turnbull's report looked at creating and using data about cities in order to improve them. Do you see this happening in Adelaide currently, and if so, how?

There a range of open data sources however a lot of it is old, out of date, not in real-time or not of great use. The data that has more use is the data not being shared by Government and business at present. Many don't even know that they have useful data. Government needs to either develop a sandpit to allow companies be they large enterprises or startups to access the data via safe and secure means. Many a time most startups need the data so they can test their systems but can’t afford to buy it, so Government have the ability to assist and give a leg up. This can occur at both the State and Federal level.

 

How would you say technological initiatives like the 10 gig city plan will impact Adelaide moving forward? Is there any other disruptive technologies which you feel are particularly noteworthy in Adelaide?

A huge thank you goes to a gentleman named Tom Hajdu who has decided to make Adelaide his home. It is his foresight of seeing first hand similar cities globally that were previously in Adelaide's present economic predicament together with the support of other business people and politicians that has helped Adelaide get on the GIG CITY Map globally. This isn't the answer to everything but it is the Catalyst that engenders confidence for Adelaide to punch above its weight globally. We now need to deliver this solution urgently so businesses can use it to their advantage. There are TWO initiatives not to be mistaken and complementary.

  1. The GIG CITY Initiative allows Adelaide businesses to compete in emerging businesses that use lots of data such as advanced manufacturing, medicine and media. Systems which need a lot of data quickly will be able to benefit. This could include image sharing of cancer images from SAHMRI to Flinders University for an expert panel to review whilst advanced image analytics from a little Adelaide company is running scenarios all this happening in real-time.
  2.  The TEN GIGABIT CITY builds on this initiative and is effectively a private network across Adelaide which is carrier independent. This won't be slowed by undue internet traffic and can provide Adelaide Businesses a very unique broadband experience to collaborate. 

There are many so called disruptive technologies, however that is viewpoint from one side of the fence. It's really how we can do things better. It's how can our innovations as a state help provide better solutions to existing problems. How can we do things better and not the way they always have been because we are told that's what works.

 

Earlier this year CISCO made Adelaide the first Lighthouse City in the Southern Hemisphere - what does it mean for Adelaide to be awarded in this way? What advantages does this bring?

This aligns with the commitment from government to be a test city and provides Adelaide an opportunity to have a first look at emerging smart applications. The benefit of this will only avail itself if the Adelaide City Council swiftly opens up these Cisco Technologies to local budding entrepreneurs who can make sense of the data and provide some innovative solutions.

 

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Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART I

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Adelaide's path to Smart City - Part I

Recently PALAMIR was interviewed by Thomas Luke of TheLeadSouthAustralia.com on Adelaide as a Smart City, its challenges and advantages. We will be releasing the full version in parts, here is PART I below:

 

What would you say makes Adelaide such a strong candidate as a smart city?

Adelaide is the perfect size city. It has a well-defined CBD with a good population size for testing new applications. Local and State Government alignment with making Adelaide a test city will allow Adelaide to respond quickly.

 

What would you say is unique to Adelaide which allows this?

I believe the current economic climate and the forward thinking Mayor and Premier are key to this opportunity now. Many people are knocking each of them. Seriously, no one is perfect, however at least we are having a go. We need to try. We need to fail. If we don't we won't progress. It is up to Government to remove the red tape, provide some sandpits to play in, give us access to departments and officials who can adapt swiftly and then move aside to allow business to follow through and do what we do best ... innovate.

 

One of the key parts of a smart city is the usage of technology - how do you see Adelaide utilising this currently as a smart city?

Having been involved in four IT companies to date and with a background in urban environments, I see too many people getting caught up in the latest technological trends, the latest products, the latest services. We are missing the big picture. We need to understand the context, what do we really want? What do residents want and need to make city life more accessible and interesting? What do workers in the city need to make their commute more efficient and their limited lunch hour more pleasurable? Then and only then do we look at what technology is required to help deliver this.

 

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Escaped a fishbowl. Heard a balanced & humble speech from Singapore's Prime Minister at a private dinner, met up with global mayors, resilience officers, Hitachi head R&D retiring, drank a beer with a London speaker married to Ozi, discussed equity lending with Korean Gov, met Ozi supposed to meet months ago, French guy with New York business, Indian with advanced enviro tech, Dubai Smart City Assistant General, Chinese Property Fund Manager, UN official for housing. Listened to others, be humble, believe in yourself, believe in others & most of all bring all this knowledge back to Adelaide to help make it Resilient.

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