Smart thinking

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As South Australia’s first Surveyor-General, Colonel Light was tasked with shaping the State’s capital. He needed to be visionary and he didn’t disappoint. His foresight is still paying dividends for residents, visitors and those who work and study in Adelaide.

Light’s thoughtful city in a park design, inspired by balance and a sense of place, encircled a grid-like pattern of streets, squares and terraces in a natural green belt. Today, that layout, along with Adelaide’s size and scale, puts people’s wellbeing and quality of life at the forefront, while still enabling the latest in smart infrastructure to be embedded into city functions and services.

Adelaide’s liveability is globally recognised and the city enjoys an edge when it comes to being one of the world’s smartest and most connected urban centres. Strengthening that advantage are several local, state and federal government initiatives.

Ten Gigabit Adelaide is an Australian first - a revolutionary fibre-optic network enabling businesses to access phenomenal 10Gbps data speeds. The City of Adelaide has partnered with TPG Telecom which has commenced installation of the network with over 45 buildings already connected, among them the heritage-listed North Terrace headquarters of the internationally successful, Australian Fashion Labels. It will be progressively rolled out to the remaining 1,000 pre-registered buildings within the next two years. As well as complementing the Adelaide Free WiFi network, Ten Gigabit Adelaide will facilitate the expansion of city-wide projects like smart parking, smart lighting and smart waste bin technology.

Supporting this infrastructure is the South Australian Government’s Gig City initiative, connecting businesses with ultra-fast and affordable broadband speeds, plus the Federal Government’s nbn™ rollout and the deployment in Australia of 5G mobile technology.

In Adelaide, the nbn™ rollout is in full swing, with works to continue across the city until early 2019. Once complete, the nbn™ will provide an open access broadband network to more than 17,000 homes and businesses city-wide.

These initiatives are collectively working to equip Adelaide with nation-leading digital connectivity – positioning the city as a destination of choice, driving innovation and investment and generating significant economic and social returns for the local community.

So, cheers Colonel Light! Your vision is now our reality to enjoy.

For updates on Council smart initiatives visit For nbn™ information Ph: 1800 687 626, visit the nbn™ website or contact your phone or internet provider.

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Skye Murtagh

Skye Murtagh

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