The University of Wollongong and NEC Australia Collaborate for Smart City Advancements

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The University of Wollongong and NEC Australia Partner for Technological Advancements in Smart City Projects. The collaboration aims to enhance the community’s quality of life through innovative solutions and sustainable development in the Illawarra region.

The University of Wollongong (UOW) and NEC Australia recently announced their partnership to develop innovative city projects starting in the Illawarra region. The collaboration aims to develop and implement technologically advanced solutions, enhancing the community’s quality of life.

Jason Price, CEO of NEC Australia, stated that the strategic partnership would allow for innovative opportunities and enhance Illawarra’s community. He added, “NEC and the University of Wollongong are two like-minded organisations coming together to share their respective areas of expertise, insights and resources to generate positive outcomes for the city of Wollongong.”

David Currow, the university’s vice-chancellor and vice-president of research and sustainable futures, added that the collaboration would marry UOW’s exceptional research capabilities and NEC’s technological strength, which will hopefully produce smart cities in the region.

Currow added, “This partnership is an exciting opportunity for our graduates and current students to play a role in the evolution of their city and surrounding region.”

The partnership will focus on several areas, such as transport technologies, asset management, infrastructure systems, sustainability and circular economy. Both parties see that advancing these areas will allow the community to become a smart and sustainable city.

The partnership will allow the country to step forward in its goals towards net zero by 2050, alongside the government’s efforts to attract investment programs by launching its green financing program. The Albanese government recently launched an initiative to help the nation get more funding to sustain its net-zero efforts. The Labour government is also working tirelessly to update its national urban policy. The intended output of a revamped policy will allow for thriving suburbs that offer equitable jobs, better homes and services, and of course, decarbonisation. Though still in the works, the policy will see many significant changes to cities nationwide in preparation for a more sustainable and green future.

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