The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has called on the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, to make good on his CeBIT claims.
AIIA CEO, Ian Birks, welcomed Conroy’s announcement at the CeBIT Broadband Infrastructure Forum in Hanover, that the government would use smart technology in infrastructure investments like the deployment of ‘smart sensors’ in roads and bridges.
“To get the strongest dividends from the online economy, it’s not so much about what we do in the digital world, but how we approach ‘business as usual’ that really counts,” Birks said in a statement.
“Applying a ‘technology first’ mentality in the approach taken to any given problem – whether it’s a business proposition, policy implementation or an investment in traditional infrastructure – changes the way that we think about challenges and develop solutions. Giving genuine consideration to technology as business models are developed will necessarily focus investment in the right areas.”
In the speech, the senator also called for the ramping up of the adoption of electronic health initiatives and the use of smart metering in power grids.
“Putting technology first will ensure our success in meeting those challenges,” Birks said. “We look forward to detailed investment plans that will make this a reality.”