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The business case – Smart city AU Phase 1 – Systems re-engineering

The global focus, investment and push to IOT/app connectivity for inter-regional and inter-industry data exchange and automation is huge and unstoppable with the promise of trillions is cost savings and efficiencies!

In essence we must and in fact have no choice but to engage with this revolution if we are to progress the vision for a Unidata design model for international collaboration based on open data and a decentralised internet. The IOT revolution need is for an operating system which addresses the security, identity, data ownership, closed loop autonomous network and liability issues, where the “efficiency dividend” benefits are shared equitably by the community as a whole via a new social contract.

But where to start?

Our research indicates that Australia has reached an evolutionary convergence point to implement the Unidata model and operating framework. Key Australian stakeholder/drivers have already progressed to the stated need for an open ecology to enable the IOT revolution. This requires only a slight refinement/alignment of existing national smart city stakeholder’s activities in partnership with core underlying open ICT platforms partners already seeking to engage with an open ecology design model.

All of the business model requirements and the following Phase 1 Au smart city – systems re-engineering can be presented simply and ultimately delivered through the UCL Foundation and IOT testnet prototype design.

The Business case summarised

There are over 500 Councils in Australia who collectively spend over $50bl per annum in delivering core physical infrastructure including lighting, waste management, water, power, parking, health, education, signage and more where smart technology promises significant cost savings and improved service delivery to end users.

The Smart City Phase 1 – systems re-engineering business case has been built around the Smart city framework " template & projections" developed by the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) in Australia. This template illustrates 14 underlying Smart city IOT solutions, a 5 Phased implementation plan and 6 execution steps each individual Council is encouraged to address to secure projected $100ml p.a. savings after 10 years.

The smart city framework involves creating a “Smart Region Management platform (local industry platform)” to simplify management of municipal services, consolidate services into one place, facilitate integration of multi-vendor solutions and enable inter-regional data sharing and analytics that can enable data-driven decision making and planning. A key recognition is the need for an external governance operating model.

The initial objective of the Phase 1 Smart city project is to implement the Unidata CommunityLink peer to peer system to deliver to this Regional/Council need and capture working templates. From here we can to deploy this solution across 500 LGA's to progressively re-engineer the current Australian Council physical infrastructure.

Cost savings are projected grow to $5bl p.a. over 10 years and we can create a national smart data network of communities and infrastructure that delivers projected $2.5bl p.a. ongoing revenues in Australia alone on one activity to facilitate inter regional & industry data sharing and fund next generation social and economic functionality to support sustainable community ecologies.

The UCL AU Phase 1 IOT smart city Commercialisation strategy, investment and business case includes a development roadmap to a Phase 1 UCL Safe IOT messaging testnet to deliver a smart city solution to an existing Council specification. The initial AU phase 1 step is activated through the Project workstreams necessary to establish the “Unidriot” style data global co-operation, becomes the initial systemic Unidata Foundation funding source and captures the "Access" LP open ecology templates for recreation globally.

Matters to Note

Unidata CL (Project UCL) AU Phase 1 Smart IOT model provides a single unifying national data/IOT vision, strategy, business model, organisational methodology, legal & commercial structure, commercialisation strategy and implementation plan that

  • can deliver a projected $5bl p.a. efficiency dividend for LGA communities across au after 10 years
  • create a smart community network with a projected collective $2.5bl T/O with all system profits being returned to the community via the new CL internet social contract
  • creates the platform for significant additional income streams from future social and economic functionality deployments
  • ensures the open system and governance infrastructure remain under community control and ownership in perpetuity



UCL could generate recurrent revenue streams for Australian communities, industry, R & D, Charitable, community organisations and consumers after 10 years of as much as;

  • $350 ml p.a. available to regional communities via Regional Access system revenue share to improve CDC
  • $1.4bl in CDC profits across 500 LGA’s to create a LGA Local Development fund to support community sustainability via sustainable food, energy, housing, water and social programs
  • $350 ml p.a. available to industry bodies via Industry Access to develop and engage industry by industry engagement e.g. Technology Access, Health Access, Wealth Access within the national smart community digital peer to peer data marketplace and prevent private data monopolies
  • $280 ml p.a. through Consumer access system margin allocation to develop ongoing consumer solutions and directly as a consumer bonus to reward Universal Information Account users who contribute their unused computing power which provides the low cost computing infrastructure to all communities
  • $280 ml p.a. returned National Learning Institutions via R & D Access to ensure equality in education access$280 ml p.a. returned to charitable institutions
  • Annuity revenue stream to the Social capital Investment Trust for Investor ROI, IP licensing, ongoing system R & D and creation of an “internal social capital investment bank” of funds for smart city deployment globally
  • An annual $100ml au margin to support the Unidata Global Data Unification & Governance Foundation and facility for systemic annuity fund allocations to address global or cross border issues

The next step

To keep things simple the core Project UCL (Organisational & Engineering) team and other key partners (Project, ICT, funders etc) can work directly with a Council as part of the UCL IOT testnet smart community MVP product build illustrated above to create our Regional Management platform demo prototype. From here we can bring the converging stakeholders together to participate in a driving execution process for formal model implementation.

This requires a Foundation group of like-minded people to become UCL co signatories to create the Foundation knowledge hub to commence a development path enable Councils, smart industry and other smart community operators to do the same and operate autonomously as described in detail in this Beyond a Copy of the Internet link. The initial individual peer genetic makeup incorporates the Founding organisational and engineering team, key values aligned global individuals/organisational with the greatest IP, Investment and operational contribution and operational Access individuals representing each of the 8 tribes. The generic Access templates created will enable the AU Access stakeholders to customise to meet their Phase 1 UCL peer to peer network requirement.

The full Phase 1 – Au smart city business case paper can be found Here