INTERNATIONAL tech company Cisco has named Adelaide, South Australia as its first smart and connected ‘Lighthouse City’ in Australia.
Lighthouse City status allows Adelaide access to Cisco’s global network and a partnership in the Internet of Things – the initiative to connect a computing devices into the internet.
The announcement comes after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last year between the South Australian Government, Adelaide City Council and Cisco to launch Australia’s first ‘Internet of Things’ Innovation Hub.
The South Australian Science and Information Economy Minister Gail Gago said the government was thrilled to build its relationship with Cisco to grow South Australia’s information economy.
“I am delighted that Cisco has declared Adelaide as its first Lighthouse City in Australia - we now join other major cities including Barcelona, Chicago, Hamburg and Dubai as leading places to showcase IoT innovations,” Ms Gago said.
“Cisco chose Adelaide because of its strong and visionary leadership, innovation and our ability to embrace smart city technologies, particularly through our AdelaideFree WiFi network.
Cisco’s President, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, Dr Anil Menon said the Lighthouse City status for Adelaide will help make it one of the leading global examples of a smart and sustainable city.
“As a Cisco Lighthouse City, Adelaide will be one of the very few cities ready to develop and pilot new urban services and solutions to benefit the customer and citizen experience,” Dr Menon said.
“Adelaide will have access to Cisco’s infrastructure, as well as our network of partners and global ecosystem, and importantly, we will have capacity to bring new strategic business and technology partnerships to the city.”
Adelaide City Council Lord Mayor Martin Haese said the Internet of Things had the potential to not only make the city more efficient, but change the way visitors, workers and residents experience Adelaide.
"To show our practical commitment to the MoU and back Cisco's confidence in us, Adelaide City Council has set aside $250,000 this year for two smart city trials that will focus on parking and lighting.
"Both projects will be about making the city safer, easier to get around and more welcoming for our visitors and residents alike, with the ultimate aim of being able to generate a return on investment for our ratepayers that can be put back into other services.”