17 Jul 2018
Ipswich City Council emerges as winner of IDC's 2018 Asia Pacific Smart Cities Awards
Sydney, Australia, 18th July 2018 – IDC Asia Pacific recently announced winners in different categories of 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. Two projects from Australia were shortlisted as finalists in two of the 12 award categories. Ipswich City Council emerged as winner in the Administration category.
Jaideep Thyagarajan, Senior Market Analyst at IDC Australia, "Ipswich City Council has revitalized itself by rolling out initiatives that aren’t just about implementing emerging technologies, but about building a connected community by solving common problems in refreshingly innovative ways by deploying solutions in a very collaborative fashion."
The Ipswich Smart City program is a testimony for what public private partnerships can achieve. Their initiative goes beyond digital technologies, where they aspire to embrace new ways of working, learning and living as they work towards achieving their mission of being a truly connected community, full of ideas, energy and innovation. Under their Smart City Program, they have projects which include smart parking and transport, smart lighting and energy management, autonomous lawn mowing and automation, and so on.
Adds Jaideep "After years of experimentation, there is a fair degree of awareness today amongst council leaders that smart city strategies do not start with technology, but with people and processes. It is good to see the shift from just installing cooler interfaces and streamlining day to day operations towards deliberately utilizing data and technology at every stage to offer citizen centric experiences and ultimately deliver a better quality of life."
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.
About IDC Government Insights
IDC Government Insights assists government policy, program, and IT leaders, as well as the suppliers who serve them, in making more effective technology decisions by providing accurate, timely, and insightful fact-based research and consulting services. Staffed by senior analysts with decades of government and IT industry experience, our global research analyzes and advises on business and technology issues facing the Federal/Central and local/provincial governments. International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology market. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology, media, research, and events company.
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