Tuesday, 23 May 2017 11:02

Telstra, City of Joondalup partner on smart cities trial


Telstra and the City of Joondalup in Western Australia have joined forces in a trial of smart city applications using Internet of Things applications.

The trial includes IoT-enabled environmental sensors, smart bins and parking at Tom Simpson Park, a popular beachside location in Joondalup that is 30 minutes’ drive from Perth and attracts thousands of visitors each month.

Telstra was selected to advise the City of Joondalup on Smart City technology and trial technologies that will improve the amenity in the area while delivering efficiencies for the local government.

Commenting on the partnership with Telstra, Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City of Joondalup was conscious that with digital transformation set to play a key role in government services and operational delivery in the future, “it is imperative that we reassess our business models and shift towards a more mobile and agile way of doing business”.  

“The City is fortunate to have the expertise of Telstra and its partners to guide IoT developments and to demonstrate the City’s leadership in digital transformation for the benefit of the wider community.

“This exciting partnership with Telstra aligns with the City’s digital philosophy and aspirations to become an innovative digital hub.”

Telstra executive director government and not-for-profit, Oliver Camplin-Warner, said the City of Joondalup was leading the way in its digital strategy.

“People are talking a lot about IoT, but through our Smart City partnership Joondalup is getting on with deploying new technologies, such as bins that talk to each other and smarter parking facilities that provide the City with real-time information to help them make decisions faster and more effectively.  

“The possibility of the Internet of Things is infinite, it could connect the roads, footpaths and one day, the beach enclosure. We see potential for data driven insights, made possible through technology to enable councils around Australia to manage their towns and cities more efficiently and strive for a better way of living for the community.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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