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People counting and city life - A call for contributions

Submitted by Adam Beck on May 13, 2021

The Smart Cities Council announced earlier this year that Brisbane, Queensland Australia is one of three (3) global Readiness Challenge winners from its 2020 application process. The other two Readiness Challenge winners are Orange County, Florida, USA and Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Brisbane City Council and Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) have committed in 2021 to support additional data leadership efforts that deliver data inspired outcomes for the City’s residents and businesses, as well as their peer cities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Brisbane City Council will lead a 'City Data Leadership' Cohort throughout 2021. This will involve multiple engagement sessions, with internal city stakeholders and with peer cities, industry and academia. The overall goal of this ‘City Data Leadership’ Cohort is to help Brisbane and other cities accelerate the launch of targeted data solutions and approaches to create greater value for their communities. This helps achieve the Smart Cities Council's vision of 'Cities Helping Cities'.

One of the first engagements being mobilised relates to city vibrancy, economic development and the role of people counting. As such, SCCANZ is compiling a Solutions Catalogue of people counting solutions that will support upcoming webinars and roundtables with other cities, industry and academia.

SCCANZ is calling for solution providers to share their solutions, and has established a survey to capture relevant information.

The survey can be accessed here.

The survey will close on Friday 28 May at 11:00pm AEST.

For those interested in participating in the Brisbane 'City Data Leadership Cohort engagements, register here. Council's considering the use of people counting technology and data to measure activity and opportunity will find these practical engagements highly beneficial and should consider registering an interest. All session will be conducted virtually.

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