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NEC NZ showcases smart city technologies to government leaders

Adrian M. Reodique | April 12, 2016
NEC New Zealand will be implementing smart city initiatives like traffic counting and city sensing.

NEC New Zealand-a solutions and service provider of IT and networks- recently showcased its suite of smart city technologies and solutions to government leaders at its Smart City Hub in Wellington.

The event was attended by Hon Louise Upston, Minister for Land Information; Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown; Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel together with other council and government members. The visit was officiated by Tetsuro Akagi, CEO of NEC Asia Pacific, and Tim Packer, NEC New Zealand Head of Smart City Solutions.

As the official technology partner of Land Information New Zealand's (LINZ) Smart City coalition, NEC provides the building blocks and technical capability for the projects with Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland councils. The company will be implementing smart city initiatives like traffic counting and city sensing, which gives an opportunity to trial the use of technology.

As such, NEC presented an overview of its smart city technologies, as well as the projects currently underway in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, to government leaders at its Smart City Hub. The company showed its closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera software to support the monitoring of traffic for asset management, and the implementation of a sensing platform to monitor factors like air and water quality.

According to Upston: "NEC's sensor technology, together with the geographic information we have, provides opportunities to enhance and improve the quality of life in our cities, creating better places for people to live and play in."

"We are proud to be the technology partner for the LINZ Smart City coalition in partnership with Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. This proof of concept is locally designed by NEC New Zealand. We'll continue to provide our ICT and solutions together with local innovations and contribute to safer and more secure communities in New Zealand," said Akagi. 


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