Global think tank The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has identified Adelaide as one of the top seven intelligent communities in the world’s top smart cities.

In October 2019, Adelaide won its spot among ICF’s “Smart21” as the first step to greater recognition as an Intelligent Community. 

Adelaide is positioned well in the smart city space on the back of the world-leading Ten Gigabit Adelaide fibre optic network and for embedding smart technology into the city’s infrastructure.

Other cities that made the top seven include Sunshine Coast, Hamilton and Markham (Canada) Tallinn, (Estonia) and Hudson and Westerville in Ohio, USA.

Each of the Smart21 Communities demonstrated how their workforce’s development, innovation ecosystem, digital inclusion, engagement and sustainability, were all underpinned by digital connectivity as the key enabler of economic growth.

Examples of how the City of Adelaide and its community are using and leveraging digital connectivity for sustainable growth were a central aspect of the City of Adelaide’s submission.

The recognition is about much more than being a smart city. The seven cities all demonstrate evidence of strong government and business and community collaboration. 

The next step in the Intelligent Community awards cycle is the selection of the world leader and is announced in June 2020.

Adelaide Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor, said it was a huge honour to be recognised in the top seven.

“For over a decade, we have been strategically investing in projects which now position Adelaide as the most connected city in Australia. The cornerstone of this achievement is Ten Gigabit Adelaide – our new, Australian first, ten gigabit per-second data network,” Lord Mayor Verschoor said.

“As a city, we’ve built active and collaborative relationships across all levels of government, universities, and the private sector. This has supported innovation and entrepreneurship, fuelling investment and economic growth.

“As we look to finalise our 2020 – 2024 Strategic Plan we’ll continue to focus on our smart city agenda, on creating even greater digital capabilities and connectivity and ensuring we’re recognised as an affordable and innovative place to do business.”


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