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.
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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