A major remote sensor network is now live in metropolitan Adelaide, as part of the Federal and local government-funded Connected Cities project.
Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the over 100 smart sensors would make public spaces safer and more enjoyable for the community.
“This sensor network tells councils how many people are using facilities, where they need to mow, apply more water or save water and what play equipment requires maintenance,” Mr. Tudge said.
Sturt Federal Member James Stevens said the $289,000 project was jointly funded by the Federal Government and six local government bodies, with support from the University of Adelaide.
“The Australian Government has contributed $144,900 to this initiative through our Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, which enables local governments to apply innovative, technology-based approaches to improve the liveability of cities and address urban challenges,” Mr. Stevens said.
City of Campbelltown CEO Paul di Iulio said the sensors would enable his council and the City of Burnside to evaluate the impact of the Magill Road Upgrade on the local community.
“We are using the sensors to count people on Magill Road, helping to inform the design of the Magill Village Master Plan and evaluate the impacts of the streetscape upgrade,” Mr. di Iulio said.
“The trend data will also be provided to businesses and the broader community.”
City of Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty said the project was part of Playford’s strategy to implement Smart City initiatives that cost-effectively improve community services, while also providing the opportunity to implement ‘Internet of Things’ technology.
“This project is really taking us a step further along the smart city journey, and we are embracing the technologies and planning processes of the future,” Mr. Docherty said.