Australia's very first 'connected community' Springfield City has inked a three year deal with NEC to strengthen its ICT capability.
NEC Australia has entered into a strategic alliance with Springfield's Polaris Data Centre to ensure south-east Queensland's fastest growing city is entirely driven by e-technology.
The company will provide integrated end-to-end communication solutions to Springfield residents and employees.
This includes WiFi and wireless Internet 'hotspots' around the Springfield community, ensuring residents can use the same connection they use at home from anywhere in the precinct.
NEC Australia managing director, Toshiharu Isawa, said the company will be assessing Greater Springfield's ICT infrastructure requirements to meet the demands of a changing work/life environment.
He said NEC intends to use Springfield as an environment in which to showcase new technology and innovations.
Springfield Land Corporation chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, said the alliance will play a vital role in creating Australia's only truly 21st century city.
"We are excited to work with NEC to embed their first class ICT solutions into our planning," he said.
The Springfield model will be loosely based on Japan's U-Japan initiative, a program designed to provide ubiquitous communications solutions to residents "Anytime, anywhere, by anything and anyone."
New residents will have access to a range of bundled solutions when they move to Springfield, including; Internet, IPTV and multi-media solutions.
NEC will occupy Springfield's 20,000sqm Polaris Data Centre to house the infrastructure they will be deploying and will interconnect with a wider network of telcos to ensure residents are still able to choose their own Internet and telephone services.