Mullaloo: technology creates country’s first smart park


An aerial photo of Mullaloo Beach and Tom Simpson Park.
An aerial photo of Mullaloo Beach and Tom Simpson Park.

BINS that send alerts when they are almost full, sensors that monitor weather and noise and carparks that tell drivers if there are vacant spaces.

These are part of an ‘Internet of Things’ digital innovation trial at the City of Joondalup to create Australia’s smartest park.

The City has joined Telstra to test the latest Smart City environmental and digital applications at Tom Simpson Park in Mullaloo.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the sensor technology could “help improve traffic and waste management to achieve greater efficiencies, cost savings and enhanced service to the community”.

“It’s about doing better business and being truly innovative,” he said.

The sensor technology connects to a dashboard, which allows City staff to monitor, in real time, traffic movements, bin and park use and environmental factors affecting patronage.

“Connectivity enables swift analysis of data and the ability to respond to emerging issues immediately,” Mr Pickard said.

He said the trial aimed to increase innovation to reflect the City’s Digital Strategy.

“The City is on track to realising its vision of being a global city… by working to place innovation at the core of local planning, social and economic policies,” he said.

“Our challenge is to better understand the drivers of intelligent communities so there is a shared approach to improving the way we live, work and spend our leisure time.

“The City of Joondalup is aspiring to be a globally recognised intelligent community and knowledge economy that attracts investors and reduces our impact on the environment.

“Digital innovation will help improve community satisfaction and access to services and information by better understanding the needs of our customers.”

The trial is scheduled to run for three months from mid-June and data gathered will be used to identify wider potential uses for sensor technology.

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