NSW Govt unveils strategy for smart places and infrastructure

Wednesday, 12 August, 2020

NSW Govt unveils strategy for smart places and infrastructure

The NSW Government will incorporate smart technology into infrastructure and buildings as part of the Smart Places Strategy and Smart Infrastructure Policy, which will see sensors and technology built into cities. The move is predicted to create jobs, reduce traffic and commute times, reduce crime and boost the economy.

Smart traffic signalling, real-time route planning and sensors on parking spots are expected to reduce commute times by up to 20%, while smart meters and real-time alerts will allow residents to reduce water waste and use by up to 30%. Advanced digital models are also predicted to reduce construction costs and improve planning, while real-time air quality sensors will provide localised information to health providers.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the strategies will also boost the COVID-19 recovery, as similar strategies have proved effective in Dublin, Barcelona and Boston.

“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. 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,” said Dominello.

The strategies build on the government’s commitment to making NSW a digital capital, the launch of the Spatial Digital Twin, and a $240 million investment in cybersecurity.

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