A major remote sensor network is now live in metropolitan Adelaide as part of the Australian and local government-funded Connected Cities project.
More than 100 sensors have been installed across six local government bodies on community facilities including bins, play equipment, public barbecues and sporting grounds.
The sensors are programmed to notify councils when facilities are being used as well as when maintenance is required.
Federal Member for Sturt James Stevens said the $289,000 project was jointly funded by the Australian 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,” Stevens said.
Port Adelaide Enfield Mayor Claire Boan said the bin sensors would revolutionise waste collection.
“The sensors will allow the driver, with the use of a tablet, to only stop at bins that need emptying. We are very excited by the potential of this technology to improve collection efficiency, reduce costs and reduce carbon emissions,” Boan said.
Mayor of the City of Prospect David O’Loughlin said the network assisted not only councils but also businesses and the community to solve local problems.
“The sensors can also tell us when bins in parks are full, when public barbecues are occupied or simply when sporting grounds are busy in real-time,” O’Loughlin said.
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,” Cr Docherty said.
The $289,000 Connected Cities project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government comitting $144,900, the Cities of Prospect, Burnside, Port Adelaide Enfield and Playford providing $35,000 each and Campbelltown City Council committing $5000.
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