The City of Melbourne is working with business and industry leaders across Australia to trial emerging technologies and how they can benefit Melbourne.
In 2018, we ran a series of workshops with key external stakeholders that identified opportunities and challenges in harnessing the potential of new networking technologies including 5G and the internet-of-things (IoT).
IoT is a concept of connecting physical, everyday devices to the internet, and 5G is known as the fifth generation cellular network technology that provides faster broadband access.
The workshops identified that there is a great opportunity for us to work together with relevant parties to explore the benefits of 5G and IoT in a testbed environment. Testbeds allow us to ‘test and learn’ in a managed environment. The results will help inform an ideal and preferred future where 5G and IoT create mutual benefit for the city; the people who live, play, work and visit our municipality; and the parties that deliver these services.
We are running a number of emerging technology testbeds over 2019 and in the future. The Expression of Interest (EOI) process that ran in March 2019 was for Testbed 1, which will focus on 5G and IoT and will be the first testbed of its kind in Melbourne.