Smart communities

Smart communities are all about people. Smart communities use technology and data to drive positive economic, social and cultural outcomes. This type of innovation improves efficiency and creates better experiences for everyone in the community.

Councils embark on smart community projects for a number of reasons, including:
> Operational efficiency
Automating or simplifying to free up resources such as staff, funds and equipment. Councils can then use these savings to deliver additional benefits for their communities.
> Improved interactions
Creating better, healthier and more enjoyable experiences for everyone in the community.
> Economic development
Building the local economy or differentiating

Smart communities are all about people. Smart communities use technology and data to drive positive economic, social and cultural outcomes. This type of innovation improves efficiency and creates better experiences for everyone in the community.

Councils embark on smart community projects for a number of reasons, including:
> Operational efficiency
Automating or simplifying to free up resources such as staff, funds and equipment. Councils can then use these savings to deliver additional benefits for their communities.
> Improved interactions
Creating better, healthier and more enjoyable experiences for everyone in the community.
> Economic development
Building the local economy or differentiating the region - leading to new investment, new businesses opportunities, new products and services, and high-value jobs.

Essential Energy is keen to work with the councils within our distribution area to facilitate uptake of ‘smart’ technologies. To achieve this, we first must gain a better understanding of your needs and those of the communities you serve. You can contribute by getting involved in the engagement activities on this page.

We will use the information collected to provide you with valuable insights that will help you take advantage of this opportunity in ways that are most appropriate to your Council’s needs. Your responses are important, and we look forward to obtaining your feedback.


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