(New York, NY – 18 May 2011)
The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), a New York-based think tank that studies the impact of access communications technologies on the cities, regions and communities of the 21st Century, named the recipients of its annual Founders Awards today. This year’s recipients reflect the forum’s annual theme, “Health in the Intelligent Community.” The honorees for 2011 are: the Springfield mixed development community in Ipswich, Australia, and the nDanville Medical Network in Danville, Virginia.
The awards will be presented during the Intelligent Communities of the World alumni dinner held at Manhattan’s Harmonie Club at 6:00 PM (ET) on 1 June on the opening day of ICF’s Building the Broadband Economy Summit
in New York. The invitation-only Summit of global thought leaders from cities and communities worldwide is organized by ICF and hosted by the Polytechnic Institute of New York University at its Brooklyn MetroTech Campus.
Honorees are selected each year by ICF's co-founders in conjunction with the annual Intelligent Community of the Year Awards. The Founders Awards offer global recognition to individuals, applications, organizations, and innovations within Intelligent Communities that represent inspiring models of good practice. Each provides a better understanding of what ICF calls, “The Broadband Economy
.”Meet the 2011 ICF Founders Awards Recipients:Springfield mixed development community, Ipswich, Australia
A planned community is an opportunity for developing a community the right way, but it is also an opportunity for making irreversible mistakes. In the early 1990s, a major planned community began development in Springfield on a total land area of 2,860 hectares, anticipating a planned population of 86,000 residents. Because it was a community that had been planned from the beginning, it was able to design special precincts for Health, Education, Business and Retail with communications technology underlying the entire development. An emphasis on first establishing a broadband and IT infrastructure to anticipate the needs of the population resulted in the development of a sophisticated data center and a diverse dark fiber optic network with connectivity back to the central business district of Brisbane.
Health City Springfield is a designated health and wellness precinct. Located in the heart of Springfield Central, alongside education, retail and business precincts, it is emerging as a regional hub, providing residents of Greater Springfield, a rapidly growing Ipswich and what is called the “Western Corridor” population with easily accessible and comprehensive health services and facilities.
The first stage is a medical “hotel,” with a primary care facility, hospital, research and educational component, along with aged care and retirement living apartments. Health-related services businesses are locating around this precinct.
When it is completed, Springfield Health City will be a one-stop health and wellness destination with everything from oral health care and general medical services. There will be an acute care hospital and aged care facility, consisting of 128 beds. To balance the needs of an aging population, independent retirement living units (up to 100 in stage one) are being developed.
According to Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, the plan for Health City was based on research by Harvard Medical International and included a broad collaboration among relevant stakeholders, including the government, regional universities, and health care professionals and associations.
ICF noted the project’s scope and intention to provide an integrated and comprehensive approach to health services in what will be a community within a community. ICF added that the project will ideally “leave no one underserved.”
Springfield was named the world-wide winner of the master planned category at the 61st World Congress of the International Real Estate Federation.nDanville Medical Network, Danville, Virginia (USA)
The challenge of providing healthcare in rural areas has grown acute. Technology can help, and ICF has dedicated the year 2011 to understand better how this is possible.
Defining what is possible through adequate connectivity in a smaller, rural community’s medical system, the nDanville Medical Network connects over 50% of the medical offices, clinics and labs in Danville, including its regional hospital. Its high performance fiber uses 100 megabit and Gigabit connections to provide real time access to patient information and medical records for connected medical facilities.