As the pace of change accelerates, City of Casey is striving to become a smart city by integrating innovation and technology to support the growing needs of our community.
In 2020, we engaged the Casey community to understand how we can best apply smart technology and innovation. This includes sensors, artificial intelligence (AI), data platforms and devices to improve efficiency, enhance sustainability and increase the liveability of our region.
From the insights, we developed the Smart Casey Launchpad program to harness these opportunities in a collaborative and innovative way.
Endorsed by Council in December 2020, the Smart Casey Launchpad program outlines our approach to coordinating and inspiring smart city action at a local and regional level. As one of the fastest growing Councils in Australia, smart city thinking and action is critical to building resilience, inclusion and sustainability in the region both now and into the future.
What is a Smart City?
For Casey, a smart city is one that puts its community first when applying digital technology, data and innovative practices to improve liveability, sustainability, collaboration and economic opportunities.
Smart Casey will be optimistic, thriving and curious. We will embrace smart thinking and innovation to improve our lives, economy and environment. As a growing community we will be leaders in digital connectivity, sustainability and inclusion.
Smart Casey Launchpad Focus Areas
The Smart Casey focus areas will drive local action. Guided by our community, these focus areas will create new opportunities for growth, projects and partnerships.
Seamless digital connectivity will enhance local community connections ensuring that no one is left behind in the digital age. Council will shape digital democracy opportunities to generate conversations and collective action in Casey. Virtual and physical community hubs will facilitate new connections within our community.
- Digital democracy
- Equity and inclusion
- Community connection
Smart Places and Spaces
Walking and cycling around our green spaces will be safer, cleaner and greener. Parks, paths and playgrounds will seamlessly embed smart, digital opportunities into daily life. Behind the scenes, data sharing and analysis will drive efficient asset management and sustainability.
- Developments and infrastructure
Our City will be cleaner, more efficient and powered by data and renewable energy. Smart technology will amplify opportunities to regenerate our local environment and support climate resilience and mitigation. Smart technology will be employed to support circular living.
- Circular innovation
- Climate resilience and mitigation
- Growing sustainably
Innovative and Dynamic Casey
Testing, trialling and experimenting with new technology will support economic, social and environmental growth. Our curiosity and optimism about technology and innovation will spark growth across Casey. Council will develop a Smart Casey ecosystem to lead new conversations with a range of partners that lead to smart outcomes.
- Smart City ecosystem
- New jobs and growth
Council will lead by example, driving innovation internally and throughout the wider community. Smart technology and innovation will transform our people, processes and partnerships. Council will reach out to the community to drive community centred innovation.
- Data-led value
- Internal capability
Key projects and actions
Open Data Platform
The City of Casey Open Data Platform provides easy access to a range of data about the municipality.
The platform allows data to be presented in an easy to use and view format, making it more accessible for the community and businesses to conduct research, make evidence-based decisions, create new localised business strategies or gain knowledge and understanding of social, economic, and environmental trends.
Providing access to this data aims to empower the community by increasing transparency which enables stronger public oversight of information about the municipality.
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Digital Equity Framework
The aim of the Digital Equity Framework is to improve digital equity and empowerment in the municipality.
Digital equity refers to ensuring everyone has fair access to the internet and other digital technology. Digital empowerment refers to having the access and ability to use the internet, smart devices and other technology, so everyone can thrive in the digital age.
Developed in consultation with Casey residents, businesses and community groups in June 2021, the framework sets out guidelines and activities to deliver digital resources and infrastructure to improve online access, confidence and literacy across Casey.
Other Smart City projects
Join the Smart Casey Launchpad Community Hub to learn more about the Smart Casey launchpad, current projects and case studies.