Emerging Technology

Emerging Technology - planning for our future

Low cost sensors, smart controls, new IoT communications networks and increasingly sophisticated data analytics are changing how our members deliver public works and engineering services to the communities that they serve across Australia and New Zealand. The pace of technological change is only set to accelerate as fields such as transport, waste and water embrace the use of these digital technologies in the outdoor space.

Recently we announced our new Emerging Technology Program to help our members deliver better services into the future. IPWEA will be progressively launching a series of initiatives under this Program. Our areas of focus have been chosen based on their strong fit with members’ interests, that they involve high levels of spending or revenue in the organisations that they work for and based on evidence that these emerging technologies having commercially matured to the point that the business case is strong and deployments are steadily picking up.

The Emerging Technology Program can add value for our members by delivering authoritative and commercially impartial guidance documents and the training that they need to successfully deliver these new technologies.

Our first two Emerging Technology initiatives are:

Street Lighting & Smart Controls Program – This established program aims to accelerate the efficient adoption of modern street lighting and smart controls technologies. It involves high-level government and industry engagement, the development of robust industry standard documentation and training.
Asset Tracking & Monitoring – In 2021, IPWEA will launch a new asset tracking and monitoring initiative to help our members understand the case for widely installing tracking and monitoring devices on assets such as their fleet, other small plant, higher value stock items and for monitoring access (eg on doors, gates, hatches and stormwater covers). IPWEA intends to release documents outlining the business case for widespread adoption of asset tracking, a model strategy for our members and well-vetted model procurement specifications that they can use to help buy asset tracking and monitoring devices and services.

Interested in hearing about further announcements from IPWEA about its Emerging Technologies Program? Receive updates by adding Emerging Technology to your Areas of Interest in My IPWEA

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