NSW govt to use location intelligence to make decisions

The NSW government has outlined a five point plan in its NSW Location Intelligence Strategy report on how it will use location-based intelligence to make future infrastructure decisions.

The NSW government has identified in the NSW Location Intelligence Strategy report (PDF) that location intelligence will play a crucial role in its future plans regarding the infrastructure of new schools, setting up new business ventures, staging community events, or responding to emergency events.

Minister for Finance and Services Dominic Perrottet highlighted that the strategy has been designed to support and complement the NSW ICT Strategy by unlocking the potential of government location-based data, platforms, and services.

"Our vision 'to maximise the value of location intelligence in decision-making, planning and service delivery for the benefit of NSW Government, industry and communities' is realised through five strategic initiatives and an action plan that was developed through extensive stakeholder consultation," he said.

"This strategy demonstrates and delivers a new paradigm where NSW's location information assets are more readily accessed, shared, applied, and analysed for better decision-making underpinning health and community services; transport and urban planning; emergency and environmental resource management and infrastructure investments."

Five strategic initiatives that have been identified in the NSW Location Intelligence Strategy to help the government achieve its objective includes building awareness, capacity, and capability; integrating governance and coordination; identifying and managing government location-based data; linking NSW government data to location; and leveraging whole-of-government location platforms and services.

To illustrate how location intelligence could potentially be used by the government, the report cites the growing NSW population as an example. In the NSW Transport Corporate Plan 2010-2014, its been predicted that by 2036, the population of NSW is expected to grow to nine million, with two-thirds living in the Sydney metropolitan area, and of that almost 50 percent of Sydney's population is expected to live in Western Sydney. Using location intelligence, the government will be able to use it to determine the housing, education, health, and transport infrastructure that will be needed to cater for this growth.

The strategy has identified the current challenge the NSW government faces when it comes to location intelligence is not being able to fully realise the benefits of it.

"Government datasets that incorporate location-based information cannot be easily accessed and analysed with reliability across NSW Government agencies," it said.

"There remains too much duplication of effort collecting similar data, too little reuse and too few linkages across key datasets which is costly and inefficient."

The NSW Location Intelligence Strategy is an initiative of the NSW Location Leadership Group and will oversee the implementation of the strategy based on an action plan that specifies the priority actions and tasks required to meet the five strategic objectives.

A Location Intelligence Industry Advisory Committee (LIIAC) comprising of industry and community will also be established to ensure wider stakeholder interests, such NSW businesses, non-government organisations, peak professional, and research bodies, are maintained throughout the strategy's implementation.

The strategy report indicated a progress report on the action plan will be submitted to the Location Leadership Group each quarter.