Smart technology to underpin NSW buildings and infrastructure

The NSW Government is implementing a Smart Places Strategy and Smart Infrastructure Policy which will see sensors and technology built into its cities.

Technology built into infrastructure and buildings is expected to create jobs, cut traffic times, slash water bills, reduce crime and boost the economy.

Possible benefits include; commute time reductions of 20 per cent as a result of smart traffic signalling, 30 per cent reductions in water waste and use with smart meters and real time alerts, improved construction planning and costs using advanced digital models and reduced hospital admissions as a result of real-time air quality sensors.

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,” 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.”

He said similar strategies had worked effectively in cities such as Dublin, Barcelona and Boston.

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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