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.