NSW launches Australia’s first smart places strategy

The NSW government has launched Australia’s first smart places strategy which will see sensors and technology built into future city infrastructure.

The NSW government hopes the smart technology initiative will create jobs, cut traffic and commute times, slash water bills, reduce crime and boost the economy.

The Smart Places Strategy and Smart Infrastructure Policy will see sensors and technology built into urban infrastructure, yielding potential benefits that include:

  • Smart traffic signalling, real time route planning and sensors on parking spots that reduce commute times up to 20 per cent.
  • Smart meters and real time alerts allowing residents to reduce water waste and use by up to 30 per cent.
  • Advanced digital models to reduce construction costs and improve planning.
  • Real-time air quality sensors providing health providers with localised information, helping reduce hospital admissions.

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello says the strategies will 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 says.

“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.”