Australia amongst leaders in intelligent transport and IT


Australia has beaten off several advanced northern hemisphere countries to take third spot for its cyber power performance and, within that, for intelligent transport. Backed by management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, UK publication the Economist Intelligence Unit has released its Cyber Power Index, a measure of national information and communication technology (ICT) and internet security.

By Rob McKay | January 18, 2012

Australia has beaten off several advanced northern hemisphere countries to take third spot for its cyber power performance and, within that, for intelligent transport.

Backed by management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, UK publication the Economist Intelligence Unit has released its Cyber Power Index, a measure of national information and communication technology (ICT) and internet security.

Intelligent transport includes a range of measures, from simple GPS systems to advanced sensor technology, leading to inventions such as electronic tolls; dynamic traffic lights; and advanced notification and tracking systems.

Behind Japan and South Korea on this measure, Australia ranked equal with German but ahead of such heavy-hitters as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and France.

The nation took out first place in the industry application category which measures the ability of different industries - transportation, energy, health, government, and e-commerce - to leverage information and communication technology (ICT) developments.

Much of this was due to its advances in e-health.

Australia led all other nations or shared the lead for businesses using the internet to place orders, political efficacy, intellectual property protection, cyber censorship, education levels, secure servers.

The country fared less well for ICT quality (13th), trade (11th), ICT affordability (11th) technical skills (8 th) legal and regulatory framework (7 th), commitment to cyber capacity (7 th), cyber protection policy (6th), innovation (5th), e-government (5th), ICT access (4th), ICT spending (4th), and smart grids (2nd).

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