"By 2025 technology will be embedded in everything we do. Some jobs will be made easier, others will become automated and much of our current technology will be replaced or made obsolete" - Leeanne Enoch, QLD Minister for Science and Innovation
The second person to present was Clinton Parker, the Director of business solutions at Local Government infrastructure services (LGIS). For the past 15 years he has worked with local governments in Australia and the United Kingdom across a range of issues including water, waste and natural resource management. Clinton used the time in his presentation to discuss the massive growth in volume of data that has been generated over the past 2 years. Likening it to a â€˜tsunami' of data, over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is produced a day with 90% of all data ever generated being created in just the past two years! With statistics like these it is no wonder experts are calling this era the fourth industrial revolution.
Current CIO of the sunshine coast regional council Bryan Beswick spoke third and shared his vision for the future of the Sunshine Coast. He believes that with the forever increasing capabilities of technology, the Sunshine Coast can be built into one of the first "smart" cities. Backed by the motto "Smart council with a smart agenda" he envisions what such a city would be like. From reading information off "smart glass" on the bus to automated sprinklers which read the moisture level in the soil - releasing water only when necessary. What may have seemed like only a fantasy a few years ago could now be a very real possibility in the near future.
The final speaker for the presentation, Jim Barclay, is the chief technical officer of the Logan city council and explained his take on the IT Industry in QLD and how smaller businesses fit in with the giants. He believed that established IT powerhouses such as IBM are going to become more influential than ever, requiring smaller businesses to be able to generate software that can work with their systems. This trend is great for Working Mouse, primarily due to the API functionality of our Innovation Platform. With the extensive cross-capability of our software, Working Mouse would be ready to work with and feed data into larger vendors should the need ever arise.