October 21, 2009 By News Report
The Victoria, Australia's Government Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) program took another step today with the announcement of an agreement to roll out 680,000 smart meters by 2013. The agreement -- between SP AusNet and a dozen companies -- will utilize WiMAX technology to communicate electrical consumption from the meters back to the distribution system.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.