Focus On... Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
- Online resource for remote councils
The Australian Centre for Excellence in Local Government (ACELG) has launched an online database of community engagement resources for staff of rural-remote and Indigenous local governments.
- CCTV strategic plan for WA
Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) President, Mayor Troy Pickard has welcomed the commitment of the WA Liberal Party to a strategy that will enhance the role of CCTV technology as a crime prevention and prosecution tool.
- Interactive map for cyclists
The City of Boroondara has created a free interactive recreational cycling map to help cyclists navigate the City’s shared bike paths.
- Innovative Truck Tracker App from Wastedge.com
Wastedge.com have recently released an iPad app to help councils and contractor supervisors monitor their operations whilst out and about in the field.
- Study maps councils’ GIS use
Councils across Australia have participated in a landmark study that will provide a much-needed understanding of the ways local governments use intelligent mapping technology.
- It’s all ‘app’ening in South Australia
The Local Government Association of South Australia (LGASA) has partnered with Deloitte Digital and Esri Australia to develop a mobile phone app for South Australian residents, visitors and investors.
- CCTV for Mirrabooka
As part of the City of Stirling’s community safety program, 14 new CCTV cameras have been installed in the Mirrabooka Town Centre, bringing the total number of cameras watching over the area to 19.
- NBN4Bendigo welcomes faster broadband
The NBN4Bendigo Loddon Mallee Working Group has welcomed news that fixed wireless and satellite networks used by NBN Co. to connect small towns to high speed broadband will be much faster than initially planned.
- One-stop shop for Wyndham
Wyndham City’s councillors are now able to access everything they need electronically, through one central and convenient online hub.
- Randwick launches DA lodgement online
Property owners in Randwick City who are looking to renovate or modify their homes can now lodge their Development Application (DA) online.
- Flood Warning ALERT stations installed
Southern Downs Regional Council recently installed four Flood Warning ALERT stations using funding received from the Queensland Government’s Department of Local Government Grants & Subsidies Cyclone & Flood Warning Subsidy program (LGGSP).
- ‘Lync’ed anytime, anywhere
With 700 staff working from 19 different premises, Adelaide City Council wanted to improve its internal communications, making it easier for staff to collaborate and reducing the need to travel between offices.
- Coffs switches on free WiFi
Coffs Harbour City Council has provided free WiFi Internet throughout the City Square as part of its city centre marketing strategy.
- Joint IT tender saves $440,000
A groundbreaking joint tender has saved four councils in Central West New South Wales more than $440,000 in implementing new information technology systems.
- Disaster management web client and mobile app available
As technology is constantly developing so too is Guardian Control Centre’s disaster management software.
- Workshops for the tech curious
In February, Telstra, in partnership with Gosford City Council, ran eight free workshops at the Erina Library to help the community better understand the new digital technologies and how to get connected.
- Graff app tackles vandalism
Glenorchy City Council in Tasmania has come up with a novel approach to the perennial issue of graffiti vandalism with the development of an app that collects data and provides vital information to the police.
- Recent disasters highlight issue of hardcopy backup
Many councils continue to run the gauntlet when it comes to protecting their valuable hardcopy records. Most sophisticated businesses have a daily offsite data backup solution but, when it comes to physical records, they have no disaster recovery (DR) strategy at all.
- Future Directions in Information and Communication Technology
From Greg Brent, Information Services Manager, The City of Newcastle, New South Wales
- ShoreTel gains ground in local government sector*
ShoreTel®, the leading provider of brilliantly simple unified communications platforms, including business phone systems, applications and mobile UC solutions, is continuing to gain market share in the local government sector.
- World-class data centre for Townsville
Setting a new benchmark for regional technology access, James Cook University (JCU) and telecommunications firm, Anittel, have entered into an exclusive agreement for the development of a Tropical Knowledge & Innovation Centre (TKIC) in Townsville.