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Government of South Australia - Department of State Development

    Advanced information and communication technologies

    Advanced technologies are critical to transitioning to a digital economy

    Advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) bring together telecommunications, computers and software, allowing for greater speed and volume in processing and transferring data.

    Examples of these technologies include advanced data analytics, advanced optical communications, advanced radio frequency communications, including 5G and 6G, high performance computing, protective cyber security technologies, and virtual worlds.

    These technologies can be used for:

    • space communications
    • satellite communications
    • big data modelling and analysis
    • improved cyber security
    • managing air traffic, public transport and crowds
    • emergency management in remote areas
    • real-time augmented and virtual reality
    • automating industry and agriculture
    • connecting Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

    Australia is a leading adopter of these technologies, including space technologies, with the local industry worth around $30 billion.

    These technologies will be critical to developing new products and services, improving business efficiency, securing digital systems and networks, and helping us transition to a digital economy.

    With more than 15 billion Internet of Things devices expected to be online around the world by 2025, there is a huge economic opportunity for our advanced technologies sector.

    South Australia's opportunity

    South Australia has strong capability in advanced communications and technologies, boasting a wide array of companies and research institutes.

    The University of South Australia’s Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments is leading the next wave of augmented and virtual reality technologies, working in collaboration with industry partners to transform industry and solve large-scale societal challenges.

    We are also home to the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre, a consortium of universities and other research organisations, partnered with industry to develop advanced telecommunications and internet of things connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services.