MEDIA RELEASE: Smart cities peak body calls for digital transformation of built environment

Smart Cities Council Australian New Zealand (SCCANZ) has released its first policy primer for 2018, signaling its advocacy activity for the year ahead. The Council, which is the largest coalition of smart cities companies, practitioners and policy makers in the world, released today a new policy document titled “Digital Built Australia: A Policy for Smart Infrastructure Delivery in Australia”.

Adam Beck, Executive Director for SCCANZ made the announcement, saying “the coming year is critical for setting a long-term national smart cities policy framework for the nation which extends beyond the current term of federal politics. “Beck says that “in the lead up to the release of SCCANZ’s national policy framework in September, a number of policy primer documents will be prepared, starting with Digital Built Australia.”

The Digital Built Australia policy primer outlines a suite of policy recommendations for building greater productivity within the construction sector and accelerating the reduction of built environment related greenhouse gas emissions through the greater adoption of technology and data solutions. The policy document proposes this by using tools such as Building Information Modelling and the Internet of Things as a platform for real-time optimisation and the predictive analytics of infrastructure asset performance.

“We strongly believe that using intelligent building information models, internet of things technology and open, shared and secure data can transform our built environment,” Beck said of the Digital Built Australia policy primer.

The policy primer, developed on the back of global thought leadership by PCSG, a SCCANZ Associate Partner, looks to shine a light on some key recommendations to help advance reductions in whole-of-life costs, reduction in carbon emissions and enhancements in productivity and capacity.

Bronwyn Voyce, Chair of SCCANZ’s Policy and Leadership Task Force highlighted that “the coming year will be one that determines whether Australia becomes a global smart cities leader, or follower, and having a supporting national policy framework will be a key determinant.” Voyce continued, saying “we have the capability in Australia to become a net producer and exporter of smart cities products, services and talent, and this is the context in which our policy work will advance in the coming year.”

Among the many advocacy activities for the year, SCCANZ will again host the national Smart Cities Policy Think Tank in September 2018, the second in as many years.

You can download the Policy Primer on Digital Built Australia here.