New­cas­tle City Coun­cil has wel­comed a $5 mil­lion Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment grant to de­ploy dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to make it eas­ier to use pub­lic trans­port

New­cas­tle City Coun­cil has wel­comed a $5 mil­lion Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment grant to de­ploy dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy to make it eas­ier to use pub­lic trans­port

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The Smart Move New­cas­tle project will in­te­grate dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy in ve­hi­cles and in­fras­truc­ture to de­liver a more con­ve­nient multi-modal trans­port sys­tem and yield pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency gains.

Part of the fund­ing al­lows for the de­ploy­ment of an autonomous bus, likely to be a French-built Navya driver­less shut­tle bus or sim­i­lar. In ad­di­tion to the $5 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion, New­cas­tle City Coun­cil to­gether with part­ners will con­trib­ute $10 mil­lion.

“Coun­cil is grate­ful for this fund­ing and the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s recog­ni­tion of our lead­er­ship in re­al­is­ing a smart city,” Lord Mayor Nu­atali Nelmes says.

“Just 52 of 176 ap­pli­cants re­ceived fund­ing un­der the Smart Cities and Sub­urbs al­lo­ca­tions, and our suc­cess is a credit to the bril­liant smart city strat­egy that Coun­cil en­dorsed in July and the qual­ity of the sub­mis­sion by our ded­i­cated smart city team.

“Fol­low­ing NSW Gov­ern­ment back­ing last year for the Hunter In­no­va­tion Project, the lat­est grant con­firms New­cas­tle’s trans­for­ma­tion into a smart, live­able and sus­tain­able city un­der­pinned by a ser­vices-led knowl­edge econ­omy.”

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Cities An­gus Tay­lor con­grat­u­lated New­cas­tle City Coun­cil on lead­ing the way in the ap­pli­ca­tion of smart city tech­nol­ogy in Aus­tralia.

“This fund­ing will sup­port coun­cil to forge ahead in this area,” he says.

“The Smart Cities and Sub­urbs Pro­gram is re­ward­ing clever ideas that boost lo­cal economies and fix prob­lems – traf­fic con­ges­tion, con­nec­tiv­ity, busi­ness down­turn, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour – as well as the abil­ity to be repli­cated in other places, par­tic­u­larly in the outer sub­urbs of our cities and re­gional cities like New­cas­tle.”

The move fol­lows the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s $10 mil­lion com­mit­ment to the $17.8m Hunter In­no­va­tion Project in Septem­ber last year.

This project is now de­liv­er­ing smart city in­fras­truc­ture through­out New­cas­tle’s CBD and will es­tab­lish an in­no­va­tion hub for re­searchers, in­dus­try and en­trepreneurs to com­mer­cialise ideas and pro­mote eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Part­ners in­clude Ke­o­lis Downer, the Univer­sity of New­cas­tle, Eigh­teen04, CSIRO and RDA Hunter.

New­cas­tle has fund­ing for:

• A pi­lot elec­tric ve­hi­cle hub on the city fringe with charg­ers for elec­tric cars and e-bikes for hire • On- de­mand bus trans­port of­fer­ing a

more per­son­alised ser­vice • Autonomous ve­hi­cle tri­als • Bus stops with tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide users with real-time in­for­ma­tion, such as when the next bus is due and how many seats are avail­able • Roads and in­ter­sec­tions with real-time traf­fic anal­y­sis to give emer­gency ve­hi­cles green lights and com­muters a heads up on traf­fic jams • In-road sen­sors to pro­vide data on

park­ing avail­abil­ity via apps • Sen­sors in build­ings to mon­i­tor and man­age en­ergy use and pro­vide busi­ness in­sights • Cam­eras in smart light poles to an­a­lyse cloud cov­er­age and es­ti­mate so­lar en­ergy pro­duc­tion.

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