A local Canberra business has been awarded $110,000 Australian Government technology grant to help deliver better outcomes for the Woden Town Centre and local community.

Smart Precinct Woden, a project proposed by Ecospectral, has been announced as one of 52 successful projects under Round One of the Australian Government’s inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The innovative project involves Ecospectral’s BRIM system sensor technology for temperature, lighting, noise and motion to be installed in buildings and the bus interchange in the Woden Town Centre to provide real-time analysis of, and response, to people in the built environment.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor joined with Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, in congratulating Ecospectral on the proposal.

“A total of $28.5 million in Round One funding is being provided by the Australian Government for projects across Australia, with 40% of projects located in regional areas,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.

“This program is about delivering technology solutions to help fix practical problems in local communities. We are focused on delivering solutions across Australia, across our regions, suburbs and city centres.”

Senator Zed Seselja welcomed the news and commended Ecospectral for their innovation.

“Ecospectral’s unique BRIM system is all about creating smart, efficient cities that can apply benefits to the whole community. The sensor technology will allow energy systems to be automatically adjusted in response to usage, leading to reduced energy consumption and the analytics on usage will lead to improved safety and security for the community. “This is great news for the local town centre.”

The $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program supports local governments and partner organisations to deliver technology projects to tackle issues such as congestion, housing supply, community safety and access to essential services.

Round Two of the Program is expected to open in the first half of 2018. More information on the Program and the Smart Cities Plan is available at https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/.

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