This month at Vernacular

Smart cities, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and … graphic concrete.

It’s been a mixed bag of storytelling this month at Vernacular, made more palatable thanks to real-life users putting these rather abstract-sounding services through their paces.

Seeing is believing, as they say.

We helped client NEC promote its smart sensor technology, used by Wellington and Christchurch city councils to capture street-level information to improve city living. Stuff picked up the story, but not without succumbing to the temptation of click-bait, including ‘Big Brother’ in the headline.

NEC’s project was recognised as the best Asia Pacific Smart City Initiative in the Public Works category of IDC’s 2017 Smart Cities Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA).

Also for NEC, we wrote and promoted a cool story about Victoria University of Wellington researchers, who are using NEC’s ‘machine-learning’ software – a type of artificial intelligence – to analyse 25,000 hours of birdsong audio, saving tens-of-thousands of hours of listening time in a bid to uncover more effective forms of conservation.

Cloud services provider Revera has been busy helping Kiwi organisations migrate their IT to the cloud. We interviewed Chris Buxton, Chief Digital Officer at Stats NZ about his mission to make Stats NZ faster on its feet.

We also interviewed Hawke’s Bay Regional Council ICT manager Kahl Olsen, who is leading the council’s charge to hybrid cloud.

And construction solutions provider Ramsetreid hired us to write a case spotlighting its rather clever Graphic Concrete process, which architect firm i2C Design used to inscribe a birch tree forest on 8 metre high exterior walls of Coles Drysdale, in Geelong.

(Case study designs are the handiwork of Bridget. She’s awesome. Check out her latest t-shirt design for the resident cycling nut.)