Congratulations Parramatta City Council for a thought provoking forum yesterday outlining your journey towards becoming a Smart City, and lessons from Smart Cities around the world.
Championed by Lord Mayor Garrard, Parramatta's vision is both bold and risky - we were all issued with dice to drive home that point! The centrepiece of the Smart City thinking will undoubtedly be the redevelopment/creation of Parramatta Square, which has the opportunity to be designed "smart" from the get-go. However, the context and clarity of the Smart City vision has also been set around existing services and improvement projects, so that "retro fitted" smart solutions will be complementary to the new thinking. Speakers included experts from Amsterdam and Chicago. These were my key learnings:
And the result? A smart city should be more liveable, loveable and profitable!