Best use of Technology Award for metro councils
City of Prospect and City of Campbelltown have received a Parks & Leisure SA/NT Award of Excellence for ‘Best use of Technology’ for the Connected Cities sensor project.
City of Prospect Mayor O’Loughlin said, “the sensor network is being used to monitor local weather conditions at community gardens and count pedestrian on Magill Road. As the network expands Council and its communities will increasingly use this low cost sensor network for everything from precinct planning to smart parking.”
Mayor of the City of Campbelltown Jill Whittaker said, “Council is using the sensors to count people on Magill Road to evaluate the impact of the Magill Village Master Plan streetscape upgrade in collaboration with Burnside Council. The two councils will be adding an extra 30+ sensors to the network in the coming months to monitor car park use as the works progress”.
Connected Cities is a joint project to roll out a metropolitan wide area low powered Internet of Things network. This network is completely open and free to the public to use to start dabbling in citizen science and technology, while allowing councils to collect environmental data about their parks. The network spans across eastern, western and northern Adelaide covering well over a third of the Adelaide metropolitan area. It consists of ten gateways at attached to the open source global “Things Network”, with coverage across Burnside, Campbelltown, Prospect, Port Adelaide and Playford and links with the University of Adelaide’s own network at its Waite, City and Roseworthy campuses.
The project connected 100 environmental sensors which will help the five councils to better manage their public spaces, understand how they are used, and improve amenity. City of Prospect led the project on behalf of the four other councils and engaged Meshed to roll out the network. Meshed is an Australian-based integrator for the Internet of Things. They are the largest provider of Internet of Things networks in Australia, with over 30 Council LoRaWAN networks and deep partnerships major universities including the University of Adelaide.