City of Sydney outdoor tender eyes smart street furniture and free Wi-Fi

Rosie Baker
By Rosie Baker | 14 December 2017

The tender for the City if Sydney outdoor street furniture contract is open for the first time in 20 years.

Free public Wi-Fi and new bus shelters, kiosks and public toilets equipped with digital technology and more sustainable options are on the agenda.

The major overhaul over street furniture will be open to local and overseas providers of Wi-Fi and digital technology.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore says: “This is a unique opportunity to invest in new street furniture with a consistent style and using technologies to make it easier for people to stay informed and find their way around our city.”

“Eventually we could see real-time emergency, event and transport information displayed on bus shelters. We want to make sure no one is left behind in this shift to a digital future, so we’re looking for innovative local and international providers with new ideas to deliver fast and free public Wi-Fi.”

The existing street furniture contracts expire in 2019. They have been in place since the late 90s.

The City of Sydney believes that replacing existing street furniture will be more cost effective than updating what’s already in place. The replacements will roll throughout 2019. The supply and maintenance of the new street furniture will be funded by advertising panels.

Whether advertising panels are allowed on street furniture will be made on a site-by-site basis.

The tender is open to expressions of interest until 6 February and contracts will be awarded in the middle of the year.

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