Building Connected Communities
Vibrant, liveable, sustainable cities require more than traditional infrastructure – and are evaluated on more than simply nancial return. Smart cities leverage the wealth of human capital in residents and industry through leading-edge technology, commercial partnership and greater connectivity. Connected communities deliver a competitive edge – creating new opportunities and new industries, to accelerate economic growth, improve community engagement and outcomes, and create greater ef ciencies and seamless service delivery.
Strategic Directions’ Smart Cities Strategic Advisory Service is designed to enable councils, developers and investors to align through technology, investment and marketing resourcing to create highly liveable, productive, intelligent communities. We provide tailored strategic advice speci c to your economic conditions and region, to respond to your community’s needs now, and position your region for future success.
Strategic Directions is one of Australia’s leading ICT Strategy and Management specialists, engaged by Federal and State Governments, multinational organisations and Local Government Agencies since 2004 to provide executive-level strategic advice and planning.
Smart Cities Strategy
We work with you to map a clear strategic vision, enable innovation, foster leadership and plan seamless implementation. From strategic development to concept and design, we apply robust metrics to deliver the greatest outcome with the most ef cient resource allocation – considering budget, timeframe, buildability and product availability constraints.
Our comprehensive Smart City advisory service for cities and regions supports your in-house capability, or can undertake the key functions of a Chief Digital Of cer – leveraging our extensive experience with your local knowledge. Our services include ICT master planning, regional digital economy strategy, integration of Internet of Things, smart metering and monitoring, identi cation and engagement of partners, data hub design, telecommunications strategy, data centre strategy, data centre design and strategic vendor engagement and management.
We consider the requirements and design of telecommunications and data centre infrastructure to support your smart city strategy. Our considerations include;
Telecommunications Implications Considered
- Network type pricing structure
- Bandwidth and available carriage services, such as dark fibre
- Carrier capabilities and capacity
- System architecture
- High-availability requirements
- Multi-carrier versus single-carrier network architecture
- Internet gateway locations Data Centre Implications Considered
- Data centre ownership model (owned / leased / co-location)
- Data centre location and proximity to multi-carrier services
- Role of the data centre (primary, secondary, disaster recovery)
- Business continuity and disaster recovery plan
- Data centre maximum distance limitations by network protocol
- Storage system requirements for high-availability
- ICT resourcing (staff) model
- ICT systems backup model
- Onsite support requirements
Strategic Directions is staunchly vendor independent. We select ICT solutions and applications on performance, capacity, price and suitability. Productivity and strategic outcomes are foremost in every program design.
We consider the most effective management plan for your needs. Our project of ce can work with you on systems transition, or provide strategic guidance for internal delivery.
Our engagement models are tailored to your objectives and include retainer, fee for service, project and standard business products.
Strategic Directions’ advisors are highly qualified with diverse experience at executive management level. We understand both technical application and business imperatives, ensuring all recommendations are rmly grounded in results, return and resource efficiency.
Locally focussed, globally recognised. As AFCOM USA’s Strategic Alliance Partner, and with representation on the Data Center Institute USA and previous membership of CCIQ Technology Committee and AIIA Queensland Committee (2011 to 2013), we regularly present at national and international conferences and events on the emerging trends and issues facing smart city planning and implementation.
Why Choose Strategic Directions?
Expert – The Strategic Directions Group
is privately owned, proudly Australian and internationally recognised for our expertise in the eld of ICT strategy.
Experienced – With depth of experience in award-winning smart city strategy, Strategic Directions comprises a diverse talent pool of smart city strategists and analysts. We have been developing ICT master plans and associated digital economy strategies since 2004 – from strategy to implementation and lifecycle management, our team is highly quali ed and experienced.
Enterprising – We marry ef ciency, effectiveness and usability with creative innovations to deliver truly tailored, future-focused solutions.
Strategic Directions is proud to be the design authority and strategic advisory on some of Australia’s leading smart city developments.
- Greater Spring eld, Queensland
- Sunshine Coast Regional Council, Queensland – Yarrabilba, Queensland
- Alkimos Beach, Western Australia
- Logan City Council, Queensland
- Tonsley, South Australia