Australia launches database for smart cities framework

Australia launches database for smart cities framework

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Australia unveils its smart city framework. Image Courtesy: Smart City Initiative

Australia: The Australian government has launched its first smart city database, which is called the National Cities Performance Framework and is meant to track productivity and progress of the 21 largest cities in the nation.

The framework is meant to augment the Smart Cities Plan of the government and the 6 main policy priorities that would assist in achieving objectives of the plan: Infrastructure and investment, livability, innovation, digital opportunities, jobs, governance as well as planning and regulation.

The performance of the Australian cities would be measured as per the indicators such as performance and context. The open online dashboard will utilize the data that was collected during the time of the 2016 census and additional data from both the public as well as private sectors would be further added.

This would greatly help industry, governments and the community in targeting better cities policy and investments. The framework has about 46 indicators that follow consistent and reliable data sets.

This goes in line with the commitment of Australia to provide open and accessible data sharing. The main focus of the performance framework is in the nation’s largest cities — each of them has a population exceeding 80,000. The framework is also a resource that can be improvised over the course of time, on both monthly as well as yearly basis.

The system would also provide a better way to find areas where cities fall short and would be the best means to target for investments. Though one operational approach would not work for every city as the framework would allow municipalities to see exactly what works for everyone and maybe borrow concepts from time to time.

This would allow for better understanding of challenges and opportunities within each individual city. The data received from the dashboard would assist cities to devise new and innovative strategies for attracting and retaining talent while also spurring on economic growth.