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21 May 2018

Three New Zealand projects shortlisted in IDC's Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards


Three New Zealand projects shortlisted in IDC's Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 22 May 2018 – IDC Asia Pacific today announced that three New Zealand projects have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2018 IDC Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards. The annual awards highlight and acknowledge outstanding smart city initiatives in the Asia Pacific region and this year attracted over 180 entries.

For 2018, two projects from Auckland City Council and one from Datacom have been shortlisted as finalists in three of the 12 award categories. The Auckland City Council projects are Safeswim, in the Smart Water category and Upsouth in the Digital Equity and Accessibility category, while Datacom's Antenno is a finalist in the Civic Engagement category.

Jefferson King, IDC New Zealand Associate Market Analyst, says the results are especially noteworthy given the nature of the competition that New Zealand projects are up against.

"For a country the size of New Zealand to have three projects that stand out on the regional stage is a fantastic achievement. New Zealand has consistently punched above its weight in the four years that these awards have been running.”

“This year there were over 180 entries and for New Zealand to successfully compete against the likes of Seoul or Singapore and be shortlisted as a finalist, is testament to New Zealand’s forward-thinking public sector. It also highlights the ability of New Zealand’s local government bodies to work with vendors to leverage technology for the good of the public," says King.

Safeswim was developed by the Auckland Council and Watercare in collaboration with Surf Life Saving Northern Region. Safeswim combines real-time data on the performance of the wastewater and storm water networks with predictive models, to provide forecasts of water quality at 92 swimming sites around the Auckland Region. Water quality information is complemented by advice from Surf Life Saving Northern Region and the Auckland Regional Public Health Service on other safety hazards such as dangerous wind and wave conditions, rip currents and the presence of hazardous marine life. The website is the primary channel for communication of this information to the public, but physical signage is also an important part of the programme. Safeswim alerts have a 67% to 86% accuracy and are a major improvement on earlier systems.

Upsouth is a youth empowerment and civic engagement digital platform operating in South Auckland. The platform was delivered as part of The Southern Initiative programme by the Auckland Council. Upsouth is aimed at growing participation and engagement among a community of young people that doesn’t generally participate in traditional forms of engagement such as surveys and public meetings. A key outcome of Upsouth has been an increasing diversity in decision making from hard to reach voices/audiences and then reflecting that voice in local government and business decisions. Upsouth users earn micropayments for their ideas and contributions from the sponsorship money pool supporting each call/question. To date 28 callups have been made on the platform by council departments, local boards, corporates and community organizations, injecting thousands of dollars into the South Auckland economy, enabling young people to earn micropayments while contributing to their communities and practicing the future of digital work. Upsouth partnered with Itsnoon, a Brazilian software company, to develop the solution.

Antenno is a mobile app solution produced by Datacom, designed to improve communication about council services, public safety, public infrastructure and other relevant community information. The app allows local government departments to send alerts and notifications, as well as receive feedback and input from the community, increasing awareness, satisfaction and engagement. Antenno is currently being used by the South Waikato District Council and the Marlborough District Council.

"In a time where information is abundant, it is imperative that local governments communicate effectively with the public. Each of these projects display the successful leveraging of technology to aid in communication and engagement across a breadth of categories," says King.

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About the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

The Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) were created to identify, benchmark and publicly vote on the best projects each year across 12 functional smart city strategic domains. It is an intensive six-month process that tracks and evaluates hundreds of smart city initiatives in the Asia Pacific region.

The award categories are: Administration; Civic Engagement; Digital Equity and Accessibility; Education; Public Health and Social Services; Public Safety; Smart Buildings; Smart Water; Sustainable Infrastructure; Transportation; Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture and Open Spaces; and Urban Planning and Land Use.

All finalists compete via IDC benchmarking, public voting, and judging from an International Advisory Council. In 2018, 50% of the weighting will come from IDC benchmarking, public votes will account for 25%, with the remaining 25% based on the assessment of an International Advisory Council. IDC will announce one winner in each smart city strategic domain.

Make your vote count and stand a chance to win an Amazon Echo Plus through an electronic raffle draw. For more information on the methodology for the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards, please contact Jefferson King at or visit the Smart City Website for updates.

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Regions Covered

New Zealand

Topics Covered

App stores, Digital transformation

Vertical Markets

Smart cities and communities

For more information, contact:

Jefferson King
+64 9 377 0370

Yvonne Gill
+64 9 3746687