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City of Whittlesea leads smart cities pilot

City of Whittlesea leads smart cities pilot

Monday, February 17, 2020

The City of Whittlesea will lead a multi-council Smart Cities pilot program which uses data to improve how public spaces are managed.

A network of sensors is being installed throughout the City of Whittlesea to collect anonymous data showing how people are using spaces, air quality, water levels and waste volumes.

The data will enable Council to be more efficient and effective in the way it manages public buildings and outdoor spaces on behalf of the community.

The City of Whittlesea is installing five types of sensors:

  • 38 trackers for Council vehicles such as drain cleaners, street sweepers, trailers, trucks and tippers to track usage
  • 62 bin sensors in 35 parks to better manage waste collection
  • Eight air quality sensors to monitor air quality and environmental factors in urban areas and in Whittlesea Township
  • Five water level monitoring sensors to collect flood level data
  • 21 people counting sensors in three town centre locations to measure pedestrian activity and health of town centres.

Mayor Emilia Lisa Sterjova said the City of Whittlesea was leading the way with the introduction of smart sensors to help Council be more intelligent in the way it delivered services to the community.

“The Smart Cities program will enable us to be efficient and responsible in the way we manage public buildings and outdoor spaces,” she said.

“These important insights we gain through the pilot program will help us improve our services to the community and make improvements in the way we operate.”

The pilot project will run until June 2020.

The project is funded through the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and is being delivered in partnership with La Trobe University, RMIT University, Banyule, Mitchell, Moreland and Nillumbik councils.