A Canterbury telecommunications expert says the city needs to build the infrastructure to support wireless information systems.
Dr Graeme Woodward, research leader of Canterbury University's Wireless Research Centre, told Radio New Zealand that during a major incident a wireless system would help a command centre be much more aware what was going on in the field.
Woodward said the huge investment that will occur in Christchurch during the next five to 10 years provided an unprecedented opportunity to rebuild the city along "smart" principles.
"It allows all the people in the community to be interconnected and have access to a lot of information without barriers."
Woodward is currently with a New Zealand delegation at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
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