Australia’s largest smart city project complete
Perth council facial recognition trial greeted with concern and scepticism
The nation’s largest smart city project, Switching on Darwin, has successfully been completed on schedule and within budget.
The project aims to make Darwin a world-leading smart city with the addition of 912 new LED lights, 138 new CCTV cameras, 39 new hotspots to extend free WiFi, 24 environmental sensors, smart parking sensors, along with an audio system in the Mall.
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Perth City council is pressing ahead with a trial of facial recognition technology to be installed in cameras across East Perth, despite concerns from privacy experts and local residents.
The network of 30 cameras is set to go live within weeks, amid complaints there has been no proper local consultation since the plans were revealed last year.
NSW council tech officially a mess after forced mergers
According to Aussie business owner Danny Gorog, “an app is for life, not just for Christmas”.
And Gorog would know, being the former director of app design giant Outware Mobile, and now the founder and chief executive of Snap Send Solve, a Melbourne startup helping Australian citizens report issues from their neighbourhood to their local council.
Council to refund $2.6 million in parking fines
A rash of unpopular and forced council amalgamations across NSW over the last three years has combined to produce an unholy mess on the technology front, after a state Auditor found gaping holes in IT management and governance.
Cisco to boost Australian digital transformation
Monash council will foot the bill to refund $2.6 millon in parking fines to drivers after discovering it had wrongly allowed a contractor to rule on appeals to infringements.
"Switching on Darwin" aims to improve council service delivery and lift city liveability
Networking giant Cisco plans to spend $61 million over the next three years to boost digital transformation in Australia.
The local part of Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program will focus on inclusive growth, skills development and innovation.
Councils must improve their asset management or risk increased management costs
The plan would see council roll out a range of smart technologies across the city by May this year, including a smart city platform, sensors for vehicle and pedestrian movement and smart parking technology.
Contract risk is a multi-billion dollar problem for Australia’s local government
Local government in Victoria needs to develop asset management strategies through consultation with the community that prioritise maintenance and renewal, the state’s Auditor-General says.
Artificial intelligence set to speed up development approvals
Some of Queensland’s most remote and regional local government bodies are leading the way in reducing contract blowout by being among the first to use a new platform developed by former senior public servant Megan Avard, who has experienced these problems firsthand.
Weak procurement controls leave councils exposed
Slow development approvals and inconsistent planning decisions could soon be a thing of the past, with disruptive technologies set to streamline urban planning.
Artificial intelligence could soon be sophisticated enough to semi-automate urban planning processes, better predicting the effects of a proposed development and fast-tracking approvals.
Microsoft makes its case that Azure and Microsoft 365 are the safest spaces in the cloud
Ineffective and inconsistent procurement policies and poor oversight and documentation are hampering Western Australian councils’ procurement controls, an audit has found.
This week Microsoft executives plan to highlight their company’s approach toward cloud security as a competitive advantage, arguing it is uniquely positioned to handle the ever-expanding number of cybersecurity threats in our world.