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Switching On The City Of Darwin

The City of Darwin was among the 32 successful recipients of grant funding from a round two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program from the Australian Government.


A $10mil project ‘Switching on Darwin’ co-funded by the Northern Territory government is to implement a range of smart technologies to drive business performance in the region; increase operational efficiencies and address the needs of the Darwin community more proactively.

While Telstra has been announced as the major partner of Darwin’s Smart Cities deal, winning the $10 million partnership for the project, AFN Solutions is proud to be the prime contractor for the works.

“This is an amazing achievement for AFN Solutions as we’ve already successfully delivered multi-million dollar projects in Moreton Bay, Cairns, and Kapunda,” Managing Director Darren Ruger said. “We are extremely proud to be Telstra’s preferred Smart City partner and being chosen to fulfil the projects in Darwin and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council further cements our great partnership,” Ruger concluded.

The scope of the works includes CCTV & Video Analytics, Telstra Air Wi-Fi, LED Smart Lighting, parking sensors, weather and pedestrian analytics.

Through AFN, Telstra is engaging with local businesses, enabling them to work with Australia’s largest technology company and presenting and opportunity to work with a multinational business. This represents a local contribution of over $3.5 million over the course of the project.

AFN Solutions is responsible for the on-time and on-budget delivery of the project, and has signed on Security and Technology Services (STS) and Top End Race to complete the lion’s share of the works in the CBD.

Top End Race started installing new cabling in sub surface in early January 2019. The project will conclude May 2019.


The Smart Cities collaboration initiative ‘Smart Cities and Suburbs Program’ provides investment for innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges for Australia’s cities, suburbs and towns.’ In 2019 further $21mil will support the delivery of innovative smart city projects across Australia. Read about Round Two outcome here.

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