A new report by Cisco has predicted that Australian's South East Queensland could become a ‘smart region’ with the use of digital technology and real-time data to improve public services.
South East Queensland is considered the economic, social and cultural hub of Queensland with a population of 3.4 million people.
The Cisco report 'South East Queensland: A smart region' gathered the opinion of over 1,000 residents who identified the need for solutions that could enable more efficient public transport, resilient roads and infrastructure.
“It is evident that the community has considerable appetite for the ability to access and use relevant information to guide their choices and for real-time data to enable delivery of more efficient, responsive public services,” stated the report.
Smart city index
According to Computerworld, the report drafted by Cisco is the first step towards the creation of a smart city index to “analyse and compare major cities throughout Australia and New Zealand, based on their potential to harness smart solutions to improve quality of life and drive economic growth.”
Public infrastructure such as storm water systems, transportation and other critical services will be the target of the Internet of Things for increased resiliency and efficiency.
Mayor Mark Jamieson of the Sunshine Coast, the third most populated area in the Australian state of Queensland, said that it was keen to embrace the benefits of a being a smart region.
Mr Jamieson said: “The future of cities and regions and their ability to create enduring employment opportunities are entirely linked to their digital capabilities.
“That is one of the reasons why the Sunshine Coast Council is taking the approach that it is to build-in the infrastructure and solutions from the ground up with its new city centre at Maroochydore.”