Connected Hobart

Background 

On 1 April 2019, the Council endorsed the establishment of the Connected Hobart program to deliver the Smart Cities Framework and Action Plan.

Connected Hobart is the product of over a year of research and engagement with stakeholders and community members and fully aligned with Hobart: A community vision for our island capital.

Like the Hobart: A community vision for our capital island, Connected Hobart has eight key programs associated with each of the Vision pillars. 

Vision Pillar  Connected Hobart program
Sense of Place  Connected Places and Safety
Community Inclusion, Participation and Belonging  Connected Living 
Creativity and Culture Connected Community and Culture
City Economies  Connected Industry and Tourism 
Movement and Connectivity  Connected Transport 
Natural Environment  Connected Environment 
Built Environment  Connected Infrastructure 
Governance and Civic Involvement  Connected Government 

 

The draft of the Connected Hobart Smart Cities Framework approved (in-principle) by the Council, will provide a roadmap for how the City of Hobart uses technology and data to better service the community’s  needs, improve liveability, manage resources, drive economic activity and foster innovation. 

Smart Cities Framework and Smart Cities Action Plan

The Framework provides definitions for the important components of a Smart City and the intent behind each significant infrastructure decision made.

The Action Plan is operational. The Framework in practice – with over 50 specific projects outlined.

Review the draft Framework and Action Plan on Your Say Hobart.

Our Goal

The City of Hobart doesn’t just aim to keep pace with other major cities, we want to be Australia’s most economically, social and environmentally connected community by 2030.

Government decision-making is often reactive. With additional data produced by Smart Cities infrastructure, decisions can become forward-thinking.

Integrated data from numerous programs across the City will be leveraged as the impetus for change and upgrades to city systems.

Improving control over key City assets and systems such as street lighting, energy networks and communications sources, bus stop and city signage, will make it more possible to influence the safety and enjoyment of experiences by everyone in Hobart.

The City of Hobart understands the most advanced solutions are not always the best solutions. By this understanding, the City can embrace the integration of old and new approaches when making decisions about its technological advancement. 

The Action Plan

Within the eight key programs of Connected Hobart and articulated in the Smart Cities Action Plan, a series of specific initiatives or projects have been drafted based on feedback and key stakeholder consultation or to incorporate alignment with other Council strategies and partners.

Connected Hobart will play a unifying role across each of these programs by developing a web-based portal that will provide centralised data for general information, quantifiable metrics and key insights drawn from across all City of Hobart strategies. 

The portal will provide a single window for Council to transparently communicate key data to the community while protecting personal data and preserving individual privacy.

To communicate more strongly with the community at-large, the City Innovation Division will establish a Connected Hobart innovation blog to maintain open dialogue with the City, state, national and international community (including Sister Cities) in relation to the global Smart Cities Movement. The blog will act as a vehicle for delivery of more detailed posts about specific Action Plan initiatives. 

Consultation Background and Next Steps

The City’s Innovation Division commenced work on exploring a Smart Cities strategy in March 2018.  Consultation began with over 20 major industry and community stakeholders, including citizens, all tiers of government, universities, businesses and other councils across Tasmania to build the strategy and action plan that defines the range of innovative service programs best suited to our unique city.

City of Hobart staff engaged in several workshops and public forums which included contributing Smart Cities ideas and outlining what community concerns Connected Hobart should address.

On 1 April 2019, the Council voted to adopt (in-principle) a draft of the Smart Cities Framework and Action Plan to enable a final round of public consultation.

A final public forum will be held at the Town Hall Ballroom on Wednesday 26 June 2019 from 5.30 - 7 pm. 

Results from the final consultation period will be provided to the Economic Development and Communications Committee prior to submitting the final Connected Hobart Smart Cities Framework and Action Plan in a full Council meeting in winter 2019. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Connected Hobart?

Connected Hobart is the product of over a year of research and engagement with stakeholders and community members. It represents our response to the Smart City movement and is fully aligned with Hobart: A community vision for our island capital.

What is a ‘Smart City’?

A Smart City is a simple way of describing the way in which complex modern communities work together through the use of new technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and community welfare. 

How will becoming a smart city benefit our community?

It will provide new ways of involving citizens in the development of services and experiences within their city. It will also help the City of Hobart consider new ways of dealing with big strategic challenges like city growth, innovation, social inclusion and safety. 

The transformation of Hobart’s transportation, energy and communications systems is not a quick process, but a lengthy one. The Smart Cities Framework will act as a blueprint for improvements to the way the Council operates, shares information and resources with its partners and other custodians in a mutually beneficial way.

What are the challenges and outcomes Hobart can address through the adoption of Connected Hobart Smart Cities Framework and Action Plan?

Managing for growth. Managing digital and social divides. Protecting the City’s best qualities as we build a future city. Building safer and inclusive communities. Sharing open data and learning through innovation.

A smart city uses a range of technologies to connect, protect, and enhance the lives of residents and non-residents alike.

Internet connected sensors, cameras, social media and other inputs can act as a nervous system to provide city operators, public and private stakeholders, and citizens with constant feedback in order to decide how and when to take action across a range of operational and service experiences.

What is the City of Hobart's role in making Hobart a smart city?

The City of Hobart could be previously thought as focused on different general-purpose assets in isolation, such as street lights, building management systems or ground-level changes. Digitally enabled infrastructure, outlined in Connected Hobart Smart Cities Action Plan enables the City to integrate multiple programs into one information system.

This type of approach allows cities to move from demand-driven investments towards an operational model of data-driven funding across entire precincts, suburbs and communities of interest.