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2016-09-21 

Technology to play its part in the revolution of Sydney 

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Automotive vehicles, the Internet of Things (IoT), precincts of the future and the revolution of our cities are the hot topics for our urban planners, believes CEO of peak industry body the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW, Stephen Albin.

Today’s zoning typology is an artefact of a 19th century world but how can we better plan for the kind of changes we are going to see in Sydney by 2056?

These are some of the issues considered by leading international and local urban planners and property developers at the UDIA NSW Annual State Conference today.

Some of the greatest minds and experts in their field joined the discussion chaired by the Greater Sydney Commission’s Maria Atkinson including Catherine Caruana-McManus, Director and Giant Ideas
John Warn, Regional General Manager, Westfield, Scentre Group.

“The Internet of Things (IoT) will change how we build the cities of the future and how in a global citiy we are going to live, work and play,” UDIA NSW CEO Stephen Albin said today.

“Technology was never traditionally considered when planning our cities, but with data gateways perched on top of buildings, this type of technology is now part of how we live.”

“Now with the advent of ‘smart cities’ and through our City Life project, technology is not only being considered by the urban development industry, it is central to mega trends in the industry.”

The conference heard today that through UDIA NSWs City Life, and in collaboration with COX, UNSW and AAM, the industry is developing an ‘Urban Pinboard’, a digital map of Sydney that will among other things bring the community into the conversation about how we build Sydney.

It is this type of connectivity that is going to change the cities of the future.

International Geo-Strategic expert Parag Khanna told the UDIA NSW Annual State Conference in a keynote speech that the ‘Urban Operating System’ in a Smart City enable citizens to gain access to data through information dashboards and increase public safety as a result of IoT.

Parag believes that future generations will be empowered to play a role in the co-creation of our cities through their access to WIFI and as a result of the shared economy.

The UDIA NSW State Annual Conference was held over two days from 20 September 2016 – 21 September 2016.

For interviews and further information contact: Jacqueline Levett, UDIA NSW Media and Communications Manager 02 9262 1214 / 0434 995 611 jlevett@udiansw.com.au