Humanity Drives Automation

Project KTA

Project KTA  is about creating a large-scale living lab in the key regional city. It is proposed to establish Living Lab around smart cities in Karratha (WA), a location which offers a unique ecosystem in which to test an entire cross section of smart cities in one place.



The objective of the Project KTA is to bring together key researchers, regulators, services providers and the community, with focus on delivering an ubiquitous solutions for cities and regional locations.

The Project KTA will be the principal operating entity responsible for coordinating, managing the delivery and reporting the progress of the operations, budgets and finances of the programs and activities related to:


  • Research, Projects & programs

  • Regulation, compliance, safety and testing,

  • Collaboration, Partnerships & Alliances,

  • Community engagement,

  • Education, training and skills.


The Project KTA’s aim is to build a living lab program that networks cities in Australasia. The program will focus in current urban and community related projects in which Karratha can offer a unique opportunity. 

Powering the Community 

By embracing the Living Labs, the initial impacts will be:

  • An increase in employment opportunities for local and indigenous residents, suppliers and organisations as smart infrastructure is installed, monitored and maintained; in particular an opportunity for increased indigenous employment;

  • An increase in mobility of young, disabled and aged residents able to move more freely around the city, taking advantage of more frequent visits to libraries, town centre shops, restaurants and hospital services;

  • Indirect economic benefits as a result of an increase of technology;

  • An increased focus on end to end education content as subject matter experts take residence in close proximity to the schools, TAFE and university campus;

  • An increase in land, buildings, infrastructure and housing usage, as projects are rolled out of the Project KTA Living Lab; and

  • Over time, an increase in high value employment as technologies are developed and deployed driven by the increasing focus of Karratha as a centre for Smart City development;

  • An increase in research & development funding and grants as the Project KTA establishes the Research Institute;

  • Opportunities for micro-credential training as residents chose to experience new employment opportunities; and

  • An increase in smart infrastructure construction as the city expands and adapts to the new environment.