The City of Melbourne is working with business and industry leaders across Australia to:

  • explore the processes and policies needed to trial new technologies
  • trial new technologies in the streets and parks of Melbourne in the City North Testbed area
  • establish relationships with partners to test emerging technology.

From 2020 to 2021 we are planing to run a city challenge in the City North Testbed area, based on our learnings established during 2019 and 2020 testbed activity.


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 the 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 and explore the processes and policies that will enable all stakeholders to realise the benefits of emerging technology like 5G and IoT in a testbed environment.

Testbeds allow us to ‘test and learn’ in a managed environment about the relationships, policies, processes and procedures needed to enable emerging technology to solve city problems and improve city experiences.

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 in the future.

Testbed 1

A space to trial emerging technologies including 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).