Cisco Australia & KPMG ally to drive Australian Smart Cities
Technology, Innovation, Digitization, Energy/Utilities, Public Sector, Smart and Connected Communities
KPMG Australia and Cisco have formed an alliance to deliver world-leading Smart City initiatives in Australia, with a goal of accelerating adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) to help make cities more livable, workable and sustainable.
Bringing together KPMG’s IoT capabilities and Cisco’s global technology capabilities, the alliance will provide city leaders across Australia with end-to-end advisory, technology and related services, backed by platform, support and operations capabilities, all within the framework of an open ecosystem.
Piers Hogarth-Scott, head of KPMG Australia’s IoT Practice, commented: “New Internet of Things technologies are disrupting how cities and towns work across the globe to help make them more liveable, workable and sustainable. From smart parking to utilities management – the opportunities for governments at all levels to drive better and more cost-effective services are endless. With technology changing so quickly, Smart City leaders face complex decisions, with limited access to actionable insight and therefore limited ability to automate.
“By combining KPMG and Cisco’s complementary capabilities across a broad range of end-to-end Smart Cities services, this strategic alliance will offer smart solutions to clients, as well as drive forward the overall Smart City sector in Australia,” he said.
The alliance will concentrate on developing a number of useful tools for the leaders of Smart City programs. These will include financial and business case modeling; design thinking; Smart City architecture; change management; data and analytics, master service integration; solution design and implementation; cyber security; and optimisation and operational services.
Services will be delivered around Cisco Smart+Connected™ Digital Platform, which is already deployed in many cities and countries across the world, including Adelaide, Paris, Copenhagen, Kansas City, Bucharest, Hungary, Dubrovnik, and Bengaluru. The platform brings together data from a variety of sources, including sensors and existing information systems, to enable the city to holistically manage infrastructure and services.
Kevin Bloch, Chief Technology Officer, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, said: “Connectivity and the consolidation and contextualization of data are some of the keys to unlocking the full value from Smart City initiatives. We are excited to partner with KPMG to provide the full suite of services and technologies to enable Australian Smart Cities, Smart Precincts and Smart Communities. Together, we will build collaboration opportunities between government, business and academia.
“We will also work with international standards and practices, ensuring the development of an open and interoperable architecture and building upon both our organisations’ support of the Hypercat standard.”
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