Adelaide as a Living Lab

About Adelaide

Adelaide has been firmly positioned as one of Australia’s leading smart cities, in recognition of the following:

  • The layout, size and scale of the city of Adelaide positions the city perfectly as a “living lab” for smart city ideas, pilots and projects.
  • High level of strategic cooperation between state and local government, university and the private sector.
  • AdelaideFree, the public access WiFi network, which was the first of its kind in Australia when it was officially launched in 2014. Watch a Nine Network News segment about the AdelaideFree WiFi launch on YouTube.
  • The inclusion of Adelaide as one of Cisco’s nine “Lighthouse Cities” (along with Barcelona, Chicago, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Songdu, Jaipur and Dubai).
  • Recognition as “Australia’s most innovative region” in relation to the best coordinated ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs and innovators (Australian Technologies Competition, 2015).

Recent commitments from the State Government of South Australia will further accelerate Adelaide as Australia’s smart city:

  • Announced in September 2016, Adelaide is to become the first GigCity in Australia. As part of this initiative, ultra-fast internet speeds of up to 10-gigabits-per-second will be rolled out across key innovation precincts across the city.
A Smarter, Better Connected City

As a Cisco lighthouse city, Adelaide is one of the very few cities ready to develop and pilot new urban services and solutions to benefit the customer and citizen experience.

Dr. Anil Menon - Senior Vice President, Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco

Adelaide Smart City Events

  • Legal structures for high growth startups

    Wed, 24 May 2017

    Minor Works Building

    Learning from an experienced panel of legal minds, this event will provide some guiding legal and intellectual property principles to founders who are seeking to establish high growth start-ups. The event will touch...

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    Fri, 26 May 2017

    Torrens Uni, 88 Wakefield St

    Hackers, hipsters and hustlers and humanitarians are invited to co-create tech solutions for refugees living in South Australia. The Adelaide Smart City Studio is proud to be sponsoring this weekend-long hackathon e...

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  • Telstra Australian Smart Communities Conference

    Mon, 29 May 2017

    Adelaide Convention Centre

    The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) facilitates, promotes and advises on how communities can build liveable, sustainable, workable smart cities. We put our citizens, local businesses and stakeholders...

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