BRISBANE; May 8, 2016 – Ipswich City Council has selected Accenture (NYSE: ACN) to progress their ‘Smart City’ Transformation Strategy and Implementation Plan. This initiative will develop and deliver an innovative blueprint to optimise city operations, enhance community engagement, cultivate digital technology capabilities and lead economic innovation.
Ipswich is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and has earned a reputation as a progressive and motivated city. Accenture will focus on identifying and developing future strategic direction to maintain and improve priorities for a safe, connected, productive and liveable city.
Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Paul Pisasale, said the initiative is about connecting city services to new digital realities, forming innovation clusters to create jobs and a vibrant economy, and utilising data to anticipate, mitigate and prevent problems faced.
“We are a city which leads by example, embracing the positive impact of technology and digital trends for the benefit of our local businesses and community,” Pisasale said. “We really believe that digital cities are better enabled by digital governments who are not afraid to adopt a more human-centred approach in order to better serve their citizens.”
Accenture was selected to deliver this engagement on the basis of their extensive global ‘Smart City’ strategy experience, industry knowledge and digital and analytics capabilities.
Catherine Garner, Accenture’s Health & Public Service Lead for Australia and New Zealand said, “Rather than proposing a product driven, technology-centric solution, we have embedded our consulting and strategic approach around the vision and needs of the Ipswich community. Innovation is at the heart of a strong economy. When done well, it keeps a city competitive, cutting edge, creates jobs and maintains a high standard of living.”
This announcement follows the launch of the Council’s community digital innovation hub last month, Fire Station 101 – which is enabling Ipswich to harness digital technology to improve engagement between businesses, citizens and city leaders, manage their assets more effectively and create innovative public services.
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