Citing an example of a recent technical failure in a lift in China that caused the death of a woman, Adelaide University’s Professor Ali Babar said that this scenario is what needs to be prevented in making Adelaide a Smart City.

The woman was found dead in a lift in China 30 days after technicians arrived to fix a power glitch in the vicinity. The professor said that a Smart City would never allow its citizen to die because of getting stranded. Babar discussed his mission of making Adelaide a Smart City with the coalition government along with business and academic people around the state. He put forth his wish to make the city a trial site for technological innovations that would become an example for the rest of the country and the world as a whole.

Recently, NEC announced its collaboration with the University of Adelaide on the Smart Cities project to foster the development of cities into smart, sustainable and dynamic ones. Lack of resources, growing population and increasing urbanisation have driven the need to develop efficient and tech-savvy Smart Cities around the world. Digital technologies will foster smart city growth and will produce sustainable ecosystems for the betterment of enterprises and communities.

“We look forward to working closely with the University of Adelaide to find innovative answers to the challenges that demand a Smart Cities approach to urban living. The combination of the University of Adelaide’s research excellence and NEC’s global and local expertise in technologies that are essential for Smart Cities will open up new opportunities in the field,” NEC Australia’s Executive Director Mike Barber said as quoted by Economic Times.

Babar advocated that the ultimate goal of making Adelaide a smart city is to identify ways in which digital technologies could help in the improvement of city functioning and reducing carbon emissions by minimising pollution led by traffic congestion. “Adelaide is small enough to be used as a laboratory but large enough to undertake ambitious initiatives,” he said as quoted by The Guardian. “A proof of concept can be developed and tested here.”