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NSW unveils Smart Infrastructure Policy

The New South Wales Government is helping to develop a world-first construction assurance tool, using data to help the insurance industry access a residential apartment building’s quality and compliance with construction standards.

Sensors and technology will be built into NSW cities as part of the State Government’s new Smart Places Strategy and Smart Infrastructure Policy.

Some of the benefits of implementing the technology 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.

NSW Customer Service Minister 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.

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“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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