Smart City 


Smart City infrastructure encompasses a variety of innovations featuring technology to improve a city’s efficiency and liveability. For example, technology can be introduced to benefit traffic management, potentially reducing latent parking spaces and improving traffic flow in areas of high congestion during busy periods. 

Wagga Wagga is well placed to implement key elements of smart city infrastructure such as public access to Wi-Fi. Establishing a Wi-Fi network requires fibre ports to be located at regular intervals within a specified area, ideally elevated to improve signal quality and line of sight. Investment in this infrastructure has been completed as a requirement of the CCTV network initiated by Committee 4 Wagga and installed in 2015, therefore the CCTV poles can be utilised to reduce the capital costs required to establish the network. 

Australia has been quick to embrace smart city technology with many cities introducing public Wi-Fi in busy retail precincts including Newcastle, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Adelaide. The networks enhance the social and economic environment of retail precincts and public spaces by encouraging increased activity. 


Key Stakeholders: 

Wagga Wagga City Council 
Committee 4 Wagga 
Businesses 

Recommendation: 

Consider the feasibility and benefits of introducing smart city infrastructure.