We are pushing the boundaries in creating a digital city that is globally advanced and supports high growth innovative businesses.– Danny Maher, Chairman Gold Coast Innovation Hub
Gold Coast leaders are focused on creating an environment for business growth and fostering the ‘have a go’ spirit that the city was built on. The foundations for a technology-led city are already being put into place that will transform the way we live, connect and grow on the Gold Coast.
Our vision is to be Australia’s most digitally enabled city by 2021. This will grow our economy and change the way we work by enabling access to: the fastest internet speeds in Australia; accurate, real-time data; and, a ready digital network to support new technologies.
We are already using this technology to enhance our city’s visitor experience to grow our tourism industry. Our free public Wi-Fi network is the largest public-owned network in Australia and is being used by more than 8000 people per day, across our key entertainment precinct.
The City has invested $5 million in a 47-kilometre fibre backbone from Helensvale to Coolangatta (running along the light rail corridor), and has committed an additional $10 million to deliver a second loop running from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads and connecting to the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct via Robina and Varsity Lakes. This next stage will see the connection of our City’s libraries to high-speed services and expansion of our Wi-Fi network across the Gold Coast.
Customers are already connecting to our network, through an appointed telecommunications reseller, and are realising the benefits of high-speed services up to 60 times faster than the city’s average.
We are building Australia’s largest LoRaWAN network, covering more than 1330 square kilometres (98 per cent of the Gold Coast). This network will enable accurate, real-time data to support improved decision making and the application of Internet of Things applications, and provide the network for city-wide adoption of home automation, and environmental management systems
Our digital investment is transforming how we connect with the community, from 24/7 tailored services, improved services while at the same time reducing rates, greater transparency and enhanced public safety through a more connected CCTV camera network and new capabilities at the Disaster Management Unit.
Our investment in digital infrastructure is transforming the way we live on the Gold Coast.
Through accurate and real-time collection of data and use of our digital networks we are able to deliver: more convenience, improved public safety, reduction in consumption, sustainable practices, reductions in the need to travel, improved walkability and enhanced visitor experience.
We are balancing the needs of our residents through the innovative use of digital infrastructure, and capitalising on efficiencies to keep rates low.