Recently PALAMIR was interviewed by Thomas Luke of 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There a range of open data sources however a lot of it is old, out of date, not in real-time or not of great use.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.