For well over a decade urban development in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world has pursued an agenda of sustainability. The goal has been to shape our urban development practices, so they can be better - for people, planet and economy.
The purpose of this guidance note is to provide further guidance to the development industry on how smart technologies and data solutions can not only support sustainable urban development but strengthen and accelerate its stated outcomes. We belive this industry can further accelerate sustianability outcomes by harnessing the opportunity of applying smart technologies and data solutions.
At the heart of the guidance note is a set of five principles, underpinning the definition of a smart community. The five underpinning principles are:
- Strategic - Smart urban development is guided by a strategy that clearly identifies how investments in technology and data solutions will be made in order to accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability outcomes.
- Connected - Smart urban development has access to high speed and ubiquitous connectivity while maintaining the interoperability of connected devices.
- Aware - Smart urban development invests in the collection, integration, analytics and communication of data as a basis for building awareness, insights and optimisation of its services and performance.
- Responsive - Smart urban development supports a culture of ongoing positive change afforded through the insights and intelligence gathered from data.
- Innovative - Smart urban development builds a culture of creativity, equity and agility to help advance opportunities for innovation.