New technologies shape Western Sydney's future
The future of Western Sydney will be on show at Camden today when eleven organisations pitch technology and digital solutions to boost the economic prospects of the region and support a sustainable and inclusive city over the next two decades.
Minister for Jobs, Investment and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres, said the event is part of a push by the Federal and State governments and eight Western Sydney councils to make the digital capability of the Western Parkland City second to none.
“Today’s Pitchfest is about identifying new technologies to help make the Western Parkland City among the smartest and most connected cities in the world,” Mr Ayres said.
“We are looking for ideas which improve internet connectivity, smart monitoring, data sharing, smart public spaces, smart transport, community engagement, local jobs, and smart planning and management,” Mr Ayres said.
Among technologies being pitched is artificial intelligence technology to more quickly identify cracks and leaks in stormwater and sewerage pipes to help local councils save time, money and crucially, water.
There is also a smart transport service offering carpooling apps and solutions to reduce vehicle use and congestion and support the environment, and a smart system for better managing energy efficient LED lighting in buildings.
Over the next 20 years, the eight council areas comprising the Western Parkland City are expected to grow by 500,000 people to a population of 1.5 million.
“At the centre of the region’s economic growth will be the Western Sydney International Airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis which will be the catalyst for 200,000 jobs,” Mr Ayres said.
As Australia’s newest smart city, the Aerotropolis will be a world-leader in industry, food production and advanced manufacturing delivering high value jobs, education and advantage to Western Sydney.
Viable initiatives could be rolled out in Western Sydney as soon as 2020.