Infrastructure underpins every aspect of modern life While the systems using our infrastructure have improved, the underlying infrastructure has developed comparatively slowly. Smart infrastructure seeks to extract greater value from new and existing assets by improving user experience, reducing expenditure and enabling better decision-making and policy outcomes from the same or similar cost, environmental and spatial footprint.
- Population growth is placing increasing pressure on infrastructure and services, driving the need for innovation and agile approaches.
- Digital disruption will impact at least five million Australian jobs by 2035. A focus on citizens and the customer experience will ensure solutions are relevant, achievable and sustainable.
- The rise of digital and mobile will generate more data, different demands and different ways of interacting across regions and infrastructure. Innovation, machine learning, artificial intelligence and robotics will disrupt business, service delivery and infrastructure.
- New perspectives and governance models will assist to unlock regional growth opportunities and faster implementation.
- In 2014 there were two billion devices connected to the internet; by 2020 there will be 50 billion.
- Smart infrastructure responds intelligently to changes in its environment, including user demands and other infrastructure, to achieve an improved performance .
- There is an increasing need for physical and digital connectedness – within and between cities and regions.
By identifying challenges and case studies on innovative solutions locally and around the world, this paper aims to encourage discussion on a more connected and smarter future. Input and collaboration following this paper will help position Queensland as a leader in smart and innovative infrastructure planning, delivery and utilisation.