More than forty million dollars in funding is still available for smart technology projects. Image – Canva.
  • Funding for smart technology
  • Available to councils, property owners and more
  • 75 submissions made to date

More than $40 million of funding is still available under the Smart Places Acceleration Program. The $45 million program was announced in December last year by Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello.

While the uptake doesn’t seem stellar, the Minister said 75 ideas have been submitted thus far, including Liverpool Council using the funding to improve kerbside parking, analyse passenger connectivity along the rail network, and provide insights into water consumption to drive greater water efficiencies.

“There’s been a surge in demand during the pandemic for technology solutions to everyday issues like contactless payment and checking in safely to venues via QR codes. We are calling on place owners to come forward with ideas that improve quality of life in your community and beyond,”

Victor Dominello, Minister for Digital and Customer Service

Other councils have also received funding, the Minister noted Camden Council will be using the funding to deliver a dynamic 3D model of the entire area to assist local planners.

The council won’t be the first to use the technology though, south of the border in Victoria, the Great Ocean Road had a 3D model created with such incredible detail it was practically indistinguishable from photographs.

Victoria will also soon roll out digital twins across the entire state. serving a similar purpose to the Camden Council project.

Minister Dominello said, “Whether you are a local council, government agency, property owner or regional organisation, the Smart Places Acceleration Program is designed to support the deployment of smart places technology trials.”

More information can be found on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment website.

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