Introduction to smart technology

The Smart City Revolution

Smart technology, quite simply, is a game-changer. Cities around the world are leveraging emerging technology to drive growth, innovation, liveability, and sustainability:

  • Fixed and wireless communication networks to connect people, ideas, things, information and action (e.g. Optic fibre and Wi-Fi).
  • Vast arrays of sensors to collect ‘big data’ and improve city planning and efficiency (e.g. the Internet of Things, open data, and sensors for traffic monitoring).
  • Smart services for residents and visitors, including parking, smart energy grids, autonomous and electric vehicles, drone delivery, environmental monitoring, waste management, safety, and street lighting.

Lake Macquarie is on the front foot, fully engaged with this digital revolution. Our commitment to smart city leadership is embedded in our Community Plan (2017-2027) and Smart City, Smart Council, Digital Economy Strategy 2016-20.

City Builders, Future-Proofing Our City

Council has a role to play. But we all help to build our future city. And our developers and builders, all those who design and construct our built environment, will play a critical role.

With each new development - suburb, precinct, infrastructure or building - comes an opportunity to future-proof our City:

  • Embedding efficiency, amenity, innovation and value into our private and public buildings and spaces.

  • Integrating emerging technology into our built environment in early planning, rather than higher cost retro-fitting.

  • Helping us to accommodate a growing population with smart management of sustainability and congestion challenges.

  • Laying down foundation technology to plug-in new sensors, applications and services as they become available.

  • Establishing Lake Macquarie as a first-choice place to live, invest and visit.

This project is about helping our city builders accommodate a growing population and create a more liveable, sustainable city with the aid of smart technology. This includes developers but also Council and other government agencies responsible for upgrading and maintaining the public realm on behalf of the community.

Imaging and building our future city is an exciting prospect. We do not hold all the answers. We need your ideas, knowledge, expertise and collaboration.

Council is seeking your feedback on how best to build our future city, to future-proof our City, and integrate smart technology into our built environment.

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