Story image

Auckland and Christchurch global smart city winners

20 Oct 2015

Christchurch’s ‘Sensing City’ and an Auckland City Council geographic information system (GIS) and 3D smart zoning initiative have been named ‘outstanding smart city initiatives’ by IDC.

The two initiatives made it on to IDC Asia/Pacific’s list of ‘most outstanding smart city initiatives in Asia Pacific’.

While Singapore and China dominate, topping four and three of the 14 categories, respectively, New Zealand too, made a strong showing with the two wins.

More than 500 entries were received for the awards. An international panel of senior IDC analysts from the United States and EMEA then voted on the shortlisted cities.

The Christchurch Sensing City initiative won the administration category.

Sensing City is a ‘world-first project’ according to its creators, and will see Christchurch ‘be a living laboratory for the 21st century city. The project sees sensors installed around Christchurch to collect real-time information on a range of variables, including pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow, water and air pollution, to improve how the city functions.

“The Sensing City initiative seeks to be a catalyst to creating a step change in the New Zealand economy. It also aims to help realise Christchurch’s vision of becoming a world class exporter-based information economy,” Sensing City’s website says.

Gerry Brownlee, Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, says the project is ‘an extraordinary global opportunity to be able to better understand how cities really work, and to use that knowledge to meet some of the urbanisation challenges of the 21st century’.

Among the aims of the project are measuring water quality and communicating real-time traffic information and health informatics in regards to respiratory illness.

Auckland City’s GIS and 3D smart zoning win came in the permitting, licensing, inspection and zoning category.

The winners will all be recognised at the 2015 Asia Pacific Smart City Development Forum in China in November.

This Iron Man drone wants you to fly like a superhero
Iron Man must be one of the most popular superheroes of 2019 – because this year he has been transformed into a robot, and now he’s styled as his very own drone.
HP back on board with Emirates Team NZ
HP 3D print technology will supposedly help the team innovate at speed.
Do you use the Peel Smart Remote app? Delete or update it now
Peel Smart Remote could leak your personal pictures, information, and documents to an unknown server.
How printing solutions can help save the planet
Y Soft has identified five key ways organisations can become more economical and reduce their environmental impact.
Information is power when choosing electricity plans
While 90% of respondents knew their average power bill over the summertime, more than half didn’t know their kilowatt hour (kWh) price, or their monthly usage amount. 
A quick look at Haier & LG's take on the smart home revolution
Haier is going all-in on the smart home revolution – and it believes your home should be smart all the way from the laundry to the bedroom.
An 8K TV for $80,000? Samsung has you covered
8K televisions have landed in New Zealand, but they come with eye-watering price tags of up to $80,000.
Scammers targeting more countries in sextortion scam - ESET
The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim's device, and have recorded the person while watching pornographic content.