PALAMIR presenting at "Advancing Smarter Cities: The Planning Imperative" #PIASmartCities @pia_planning @smartcitiesanz

It was a pleasure for PALAMIR to present "Digital Technologies on the Edge of Planning" at the PIA event recently in Adelaide. PALAMIR showcased it Big Data Geospatial system incorprating 2 million point of data from static BIM buildings to multiple planning layers to moving traffic. There was a great gathering and some robust discussions with one in particular in regards to whether planners drive or go along for the drive in regards to city planning.


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https://www.planning.org.au/events/event/advancing-smarter-cities-the-planning-imperative

Date: Wednesday 20 September

About

While technology companies are developing smart cities tools and technologies at an accelerated pace, planning organisations and cities are still challenged to find effective ways of embracing technology and data analytics to address the public interest and respond to the community’s aspirations. Can technology companies work more closely with cities and planning firms to engage in the rapid pace of technological advancement? Can the voice of the city, and community, be an integral part of technology industries? Are we keeping up with the digital transformation of the planning process?

Learning Outcomes:

Core Competencies: Understanding, interpreting and using spatial thinking, Developing and applying technical knowledge, Communicating and engaging with stakeholders, and Using a creative integrative approach, drawing on a range of disciplines and methods.

This workshop will explore the following key topics:

  • The Real Time City - Planning for the Now, New, and Next
  • Sustainable Urbanism versus Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
  • Prototype Planning by the Tech Sector
  • The City as Lab: Global Smart Cities and Australia's Response
  • The Planners role in Smart Cities

Designed For:

This workshop suits professionals of every type who are interested in exploring future smart cities tools and technologies.

Program:

Adam Beck, Founding Executive Director, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand

Adam is a Founding Executive Director of Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Cities Advisor to the Green Building Council of Australia, and Director of Centre for Urban Innovation. Adam is also an Ambassador with Portland-based think tank EcoDistricts, where he was previously Director of Innovation.

Before entering the non-profit sector, Adam spent 15 years with global consulting firms, including Arup. He was also lecturer and studio lead in social impact assessment and community engagement at the University of Queensland.

Adam has dedicated his career of more than 20 years to advance city-building practices around the world, through the creation and deployment of frameworks, tools, and protocols that accelerate sustainability.

Speakers include:

  • Chris Isles, Place Design Group
  • Mark Borlace, RAA
  • Jon Kellett, University of Adelaide
  • Christian Haag, Bicycle SA
  • Peter Karidis, PALAMIR Geospatial Big Data
  • Peter Auhl, City of Adelaide
  • Chad King, City of Playford
  • David Cooke, City Collective
  • Stephen Yarwood, City2050
  • Cate Hart, CEO, City of Prospect
  • Clare Mockler, Adelaide City Council
  • Kym Pryde RPIA, President, Planning Institute Australia
  • Donna Ferretti RPIA (Fellow), Donna Ferretti & Associates and Vice President, Planning Instute Australia

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.

 

STAY TUNED TO READ MORE ...

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART I

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART II

 

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.

 

STAY TUNED TO READ MORE ...

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART I

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART III

 

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.

 

STAY TUNED TO READ MORE ...

Read ADELAIDE'S PATH TO SMART CITY - PART II