Visiting US leader says innovative technology key to Australian smart cities

Oct 13, 2016

A single, innovative technology can help Australia cut crime rates, improve healthcare and transform environmental management, a visiting 2016 US presidential candidate and global authority on smart cities has declared.

As Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015, Martin O’Malley used advanced location-based analytics to resolve a range of complex social and environmental problems in one of America’s most densely populated states.

“Location-based analytics technology – which provides an advanced approach to data mapping – can show in real-time where crime is happening and where we need to deploy police officers,” Governor O’Malley said.

“It helps us better assess healthcare systems to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions by at least ten per cent every year. We can rank and evaluate the ecological value of every parcel of land to protect our vitally important ‘greenprint’.”

“By displaying policy and community information on a map, a clear picture emerges that shows government leaders the best ways to target resources, track performance, and communicate with the public.”

“The technology was crucial during my time in office when I was able to turn the state around, including cutting crime by 43 per cent and shaving $100M off city operating costs.”

Governor O’Malley is in Sydney today for a high-profile location-based analytics conference, which will also feature an address from Jack Dangermond, founder and president of the world’s largest location-based analytics technology company, Esri.

Governor O’Malley said location-based analytics would be critical in realising Australia’s public and private sector smart cities’ ambitions.

“With the Australian Government committed to embracing new technology, this approach will allow you to completely rethink how cities are planned and operated, and how to drive economic and social growth,” Governor O’Malley said.

“In my experience, intelligent government, that can help Australia deliver on its smart city aspirations, comes from mixing human effort, imaginative public policy and location-based analytics.”