Cape Town needs your ideas to become a Smart City

In its quest to create a Smart City, the City of Cape Town has called upon its residents to submit ideas to make Cape Town a Smart City. Picture: David Ritchie/ANA

The City of Cape Town wants to hear how it can make use of data to enhance its performance and enable residents and businesses to engage more actively with the City.

Submission Deadline: February 16th, 2018


Who should respond:

They welcome ideas from innovators, technologists, telecommunications specialists, advertising agencies, social entrepreneurs, engineers, architects, designers, academic organizations, and NGOs working locally or internationally.

How to respond:

Complete the online form and attach an electronic copy of your response, which must not be more than 10 pages and 10 MB. You may make one or more submissions, depending on which areas of interest you are addressing.

They want to know about any offerings, technologies, and products that could leverage its existing infrastructure and are looking for solutions that will allow it to make a difference in the following areas: 

- Public safety

- Infrastructure planning and maintenance

- Energy efficiency

- Transportation and integrated urban development

- Water and waste management

Using cloud computing technology as a disruptive model enabling clustered community commerce and to address social challenges within these communities. Example projects include (but not limited to):

- Infrastructure monitoring: Detection and monitoring of the City’s critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, airports, water and power systems.

- Meter reading: Remote/automated meter-reading that allows information to be collected and forwarded to the electricity and water departments for billing purposes.

- Public engagement: Systems for facilitating dynamic public input in order to develop consensus and creative opportunities for enhancing service delivery.

- Public safety surveillance: Additional video surveillance points and cameras, used exclusively for public safety purposes, which police could monitor, especially in high crime areas.

- Sensor technology: Combined monitoring with sensor technology that collects data in real time. For example, the City would know when a traffic signal is out of service.

- Social transformation through information and communications technology / digital skills: Enhancing the lives of our citizens and communities by creating sustainable solutions that drive digital access and improve ICT skills (i.e. Hackathons).

- Street lighting controls: Dynamic lighting systems that can be controlled remotely, react to citizens, provide valuable data, and/or reduce energy costs.

- Transportation analytics: Technologies that can detect changes in traffic flows, pedestrian and cyclist activity, and parking availability.

The City of Cape Town will also be presenting its future plans about Open Data at the upcoming Open Data Summit that will take on the 5th February 2018 in Cape Town.