Australia Creates Minister for Cities

With the recent Australian Government cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a Minister for Cities with the aim of creating more liveable, vibrant, and future-embracing cities in Australia. It would appear that Mr Turnbull’s wife, Lucy Turnbull, is one key driving factor behind this decision. Lucy is currently heading a project with Arup that examinesContinue reading “Australia Creates Minister for Cities”

The Rise of Urban Technocracy

Technocratic governance is a form of governing whereby subject matter experts are put in charge of policy and decision-making (i.e. engineers in charge of government). This is not necessarily a bad thing, however it does present some issues – particularly for smart cities. As cities become smarter they will inherently become more reliant on technology. DependingContinue reading “The Rise of Urban Technocracy”

Are Smart Cities Invading Our Privacy?

Privacy has been a hot topic of debate in recent times. In light of controversial events such as the ‘leaking’ of celebrity nudes and Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations, a lot people have become much more aware of the implications technology presents to the security of their personal information. Hence it is quite understandable that some people are legitimately scared of this prospectContinue reading “Are Smart Cities Invading Our Privacy?”

Real-Time Analogue Electricity Meter Monitor Feasibility Study

JJ Plotnek, M Tutek, L Andrew (Swinburne University) This thesis details the processes undergone to develop and test a system that digitises the data produced by an analogue electricity meter. This was done in order to solve a problem raised by an industry contact that currently only has devices that work with digital meters inContinue reading “Real-Time Analogue Electricity Meter Monitor Feasibility Study”