The Australian federal government will allocate more than $250 million on an online infrastructure update. It invested in facial recognition features to reach more employment programs like JobSeeker.
The money is part of the $800 million commitment in information infrastructure. It would pave the way for the complete incorporation of MyGov’s digital identification platform and 14 new programs. These include obtaining a tax file number or ID number.
Soon, citizens will be forced to use facial recognition. Locals need to register for elections, petition for welfare grants, and sue for bankruptcy through the said feature. Simultaneously, beneficiaries of assistance will even continue to utilize this system to receive social services.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison aims to make accessing government facilities smoother and better for companies. He added the investment would help people save time and resources.
PM Morrison said several companies turned rapidly to the internet marketplace after the coronavirus pandemic reached the globe. The Internet also enabled the public to broaden their offerings and get new clients. This gives a “decade of transition” in months.
The Prime Minister also stated that the facial recognition enhances the country’s economic growth. How? Through eliminating obsolete legislation, improving the competence of small enterprises, and promoting technological development around the economy.
There are already more than 1.16 million companies. Millions of people are also utilizing facial recognition to access 70 government web services.
Modern infrastructure kit costs over $400 million, which has the largest chunk of the project. These items would be used to develop business registers and enable businesses to easily display, track, and change their data in one place.
NBN upgrades to 1 GBPS broadband
Aside from the facial recognition feature, the $4.5 billion project includes numerous device and technology improvements to provide Australian households and companies with ultra-fast internet. The private sector obtained the support “because it doesn’t reach the government bottom line.” It further complements web security’s estimated $1.67 billion in technology investments.
The National Broadband Network will soon allow six million Australian homes to reach ultra-fast broadband by 2023 as government-owned network providers accelerate the upgrade. This involves constructing local fiber networks around the route, allowing residents to link their homes to the network.
Once the upgrading is over, the Internet bandwidth can improve up to 1 Gigabit per second. That would be far from the existing minimum of 25 Megabits per second of government.
Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said the timing for network upgrade is perfect as broadband demand growth has been seen for decades , particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, internet usage has skyrocketed by 80% as more companies are pressured to turn to an online network as more workers operate from home. This strong demand threatens to pressure some cities’ network efficiency with sluggish internet speeds.
Instead of only selling enterprises and households optical fiber cables as promised by the labor government in 2009, NBN would provide a mix of fixed wireless, HFC, copper wires, optical fibre, and also satellite networks to improve country-wide Internet speeds.
Meanwhile, NBN will also invest $30 million to help private businesses involved in 5G infrastructure trials. This encompasses not just the networking sector, but also mines, livestock, engineering and logistics businesses.