The Tamworth City Council formed a partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney and US company Providence Asset Group (PAG) to transform Tamworth into Australia’s first fully integrated smart city. The transition will include installing Internet of things (IoT) applications as part of transportation, energy, health, telecommunications, and other municipal systems by using the city’s existing wireless network. The project will be led by Professor Joe Dong, director of the UNSW Digital Futures Grid Institute.
The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.