Friday, 07 August 2020 14:47

State Government says smart tech will make NSW the ‘smart state’

State Government says smart tech will make NSW the ‘smart state’ Pixabay

The NSW Government is planning to build smart technology into infrastructure and buildings in a move its says will create jobs, cut traffic and commute times, slash water bills, reduce crime and boost the economy and turn New South Wales into the "smart state".

The Government said on Friday that the “Australian-first” Smart Places Strategy and Smart Infrastructure Policy will see sensors and technology built into cities, with potential benefits including:

  • Smart CCTV, lighting, speakers, predictive analytics and emergency systems reducing crime and some assaults by up to 25%
  • Smart traffic signaling, real time route planning and sensors on parking spots reducing commute times up to 20%
  • Smart meters and real time alerts allowing residents to reduce water waste and use by up to 30
  • Advanced digital models to reduce construction costs and improve planning; and
  • Real-time air quality sensors providing health providers with localised information, helping reduce hospital admissions.

NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the strategies would improve quality of life and boost the COVID-19 recovery.

“Whether it’s easing cost of living pressure for households, busting congestion or improving health outcomes for communities, technology is the new weapon in our arsenal,” Minister Dominello said.

“Data and precision modelling is just as important as bricks and mortar. Information is power and technology should be embedded in every major infrastructure project.
“Similar strategies have worked effectively in other global centres including Dublin, Barcelona and Boston. We cannot be spectators on the sidelines – we must lead in this arena.”

Minister Dominello said the strategies build on the State Government’s commitment to making NSW a digital capital. Other examples include the launch of one of the world’s largest Spatial Digital Twin, and a record $240 million investment in cyber security.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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