Session: Systems Approaches to Cities – Intelligent Secure Cities, A Spatially Informed Approach and Seamless Transport Services

Urban Sustainability Stream


Day 2, Parallel Session 2B: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Location: Storey Hall (Building 16) – Lower Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Room 1

Chair: Professor Paul James (RMIT University)


Agnieszka Gontarz Augmetopolis: A Concept of the Intelligent Secure City in Spatial Reality

  • Presenter and main author: Agnieska Gontarz (Warsaw University of Technology)
  • Abstract: The social phenomena of insecurity deal with the importance of the social and information layer of the contemporary city in the processes of urban safety and security. It is based on sophisticated information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the augmented reality, where the social life cycle has been penetrated by scanscapes (Automated Socio-Technical Environments -AESTEs). It discusses the conditions of security systems and possibilities of development of future civilization and achieving sustainability in the context of the liquid sphere of social safety. In the field of urban safety, such a concept challenges the future social lifestyle shape by advanced security solutions such as monitoring, hybrid, completes and satellite technologies. This work deliberates on the complexity of links between new security technologies and social capital- both on the impact the cities by affecting the future trends such as new energy, green buildings, smart architecture and management, increasing technological sophistication and innovation. The new virtual sphere of a city can be used to enhance and stimulate collective awareness of safety. A sense of security shapes future dimensions and becomes one of the most emerging technologies. In this global world, identities focus on safety, which will shape the quality of life in this modern spatial competitive environment.
  • About the presenter: Agnieszka completed a degree in architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland in 2011. She is currently a PHD student at the Warsaw University of Technology and is also in her final year of law at the University of Wroclaw. Agnieszka’s doctoral research relates to the virtual and physical space of city planning, taking into account socio-economic, criminological, high technology context and the collective identity in smart and safe cities.
Hamish Robertson Vulnerability and Change in the Global South: A Spatially Informed Approach

  • Presenter and main author: Hamish Robertson (Australian Institute of Health Innovation)
  • Abstract: Urbanisation, climate change, and population growth/ ageing are three of the most important challenges facing human societies this century. The capacity of our systems to respond effectively is currently compromised not only by our problems with effective knowledge production and understanding but also by our technical capacity to compile and analyse large-scale information from numerous interconnecting systems. The rush to ‘big data’ is one example among many of our current inability to deal with complex and highly dynamic problems effectively. This has to change if we are to address these challenges and especially so in the vulnerable areas of the global south. One approach that has the potential to support our responses is the field of spatial science. This is a fast-changing and developmental field where many issues associated with complex natural-human system interactions are already being addressed. We outline how a spatial approach has the capacity to inform and support our responses to the challenges we all face in the coming decades. We also suggest that few other human technical scientific systems have the ability to address the complexity of problems we are already encountering and those that are yet to make their full effects felt.
  • Co-authors: Associate Professor Nick Nicholas (Ageing Research Centre), Associate Professor Andrew Georgiou (University of New South Wales), Associate Professor Julie Johnson (University of New South Wales) and Dr Joanne Travaglia (University of New South Wales)
  • About the presenter: Hamish is a geographer by training with experience in several industries including 15 years in the health care sector. He is currently undertaking his PhD on the geography of Alzheimer’s disease in Australia at the University of NSW. He has published and presented on a number of topics including cultural diversity, cultural heritage management, population ageing, patient safety and spatial science applications in health care. He has an interest in the impacts of population at a global level and planning and preparation for coping with the issues that trend presents.
Monique Conheady A Look into the Future: Seamless Transport Services

  • Presenter and main author: Monique Conheady (Flexicar Australia)
  • Abstract: Imagine a world where the public transport network and ticketing systems seamlessly integrated with car sharing and bicycle use. How would our lives, our health, our bank balances and our communities improve if banks provided cashless payment cards for an integrated transport system? What would Australia’s urban cities look like if government agencies publicly funded car sharing spaces as seen in London, Chicago and Switzerland?     Publicly funded bicycle schemes are exploding across the globe and cities with clear policies and targets for car sharing are achieving the best sustainability results, so how can Australia capitalise on these innovative practices and make them our own?    Drawing from her Churchill Fellowship research study, Monique will discuss the phenomenon of transport possibilities afforded to Australia in the future using examples of what works from the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, USA, Hong Kong & China and Singapore. The talk will also look at a future of transport integration with wireless technology and data services, “Apps” and real time parking optimisation, comparing our car sharing laws to the rest of the world and presenting opportunities for Australia to demonstrate a leadership role in a future of seamless transport services.
  • About the presenter: Monique Conheady is the leading female voice commenting on Australia’s sustainable transport sector. An environmentalist, eco-preneur, business speaker, advocate and author, Monique successfully founded and led Flexicar to become Australia’s only profitable carshare company, acquired by global Hertz Corporation in 2010 after only six years from inception. Monique graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in both Engineering and Arts and her earlier professional experience in the engineering sector spanned both public and private projects as diverse as a renewable energy program for remote Indigenous communities to a new head office building for Sainsbury’s in Cairo, Egypt. 
  • In 2009 Monique was selected for a Churchill Fellowship and travelled to UK, USA, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong & China and Singapore to investigate public transport systems utilising the latest technology to incorporate newer forms of transit such as bicycles and car sharing. The same year she was awarded the 2009 Telstra Business Women’s Hudson Private & Corporate Sector Award. In 2010 Monique was appointed Chair of the Board of the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited; a not for profit organisation committed to greenhouse reduction projects.