The New South Wales government has announced a new AU$45 million initiative, under its Smart Place Strategy, aimed at accelerating the development of smart places across the state.
The initiative is called the NSW Smart Places Acceleration Program, and it will have the government provide AU$45 million over three years to councils and place-owners, such as government agencies, owners, councils or regional organisations, for the adoption of smart technologies and capabilities.
Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello: "We want to use technology to make life easier for people. Whether it's busting congestion or improving health outcomes, this funding is about strengthening communities. We are calling on expressions of interest and encourage all relevant councils and place-owners to bring forward ideas."
According to Dominello, smart technologies that have already been accepted into the program include those focused on improving parking, water recycling, mobile coverage, and managing kerbside open space.
Less than an hour prior to the smart places program announcement, the NSW government also said it has launched a national pilot program for tracking the supply chain of melons. Using QR codes, melon-eaters in the state will now be able to view information on a melon's origin, freshness, and safety, which Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall said would help prevent bacteria outbreaks.
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