Smart Cities: Internet of Things (IoT) technology trial

Four Mallee councils have joined forces to trial Internet of Things (IoT) technology to inform decision-making, reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies.

Mildura, Buloke, Gannawarra and Swan Hill councils are participating in the 12-month Smart Cities project, which runs until June 2022.

The trial will see a network of various physical objects embedded with sensors that capture data about how different assets and sites are used. This valuable information will help participating councils provide community services and better plan for growth.

What is a Smart City?

A Smart City refers to the use of digital technology to collect data that can be used to manage assets and resources efficiently.

Smart Cities can help create more liveable cities, without compromising the well-being of their citizens. They are innovative in their use of digital solutions to manage services and infrastructure effectively, improve the wellbeing of the community and the environment, and to create a vibrant local economy.

What is involved in our trial?

People & Vehicle - Smart Movement Sensors

A mobile asset utilisation counter will be used to give us a better understanding of the usage of outdoor public spaces, footpath and roads within it location within the Mildura council area.

The mobile trailer will has 2 three-dimensional imagery, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) sensors.

Real-time data and insights collected from the sensors will be used to inform services and event management and future asset planning.

Smart Bin Sensors

Six sonar bin sensors will be used to give us a better understanding of waste levels of selected bins in Murrayville and Mildura.

The sensors will be fitted to bins at the Murrayville Wayside Stop and Mildura’s Park for Play, to provide data on the level of waste and send notifications when it almost at capacity.

Real-time data and insights collected from the sensors will be used to inform service management and future asset planning for the waste sector.

IoT (Internet of Things) LoRaWAN Network

We have installed one LoRaWAN network at the Sunraysia Institute of TAFE Mildura Campus to provide connection for the township sensors and access for the community to the network.

 

Frequently asked questions

Do the sensors capture personal information?

No identifiable data is being captured for this project.

Why do councils want to monitor utilisation of public assets and spaces?

The information obtained from high quality continuous utilisation monitoring is extremely useful for Council and other organisations. The data will only capture and present volume of utilisation (count the number of entities) in an area and can be used to:

  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of ongoing and major events in the community
  • Provide data for service reviews and asset scheduling/maintenance
  • Inform planning and implementation activities or proposals
  • Understand changes in activity in relation to cyclic and ad-hoc events

How is the data managed?

The system comprises of sensors to detect movement which count the number of entities in the space. The counts are compiled and sent the gateway every hour. The gateway uses a public access network to transmit the collected data to the software for analysis, reporting and visualisation. 

Will the public data be made available to the community?

Yes. The intention of the project is for all public data to be available to the community and other organisations as it will not contain any personal or identifiable information.