THE City of Mandurah has partnered with Thinxtra to deploy a wireless network to power smart city and clean energy applications across Mandurah.
The arrangement will see Thinxtra put network aerials on City buildings to provide the Mandurah area with an Internet of Things (IoT) network in return for service credits.
The network is provided by Sigfox and is a low powered, low bandwidth, low cost network and coverage spans right across Mandurah.
The IoT network and technology is a backbone to Smart City innovation and will provide opportunities for business and the City to utilise the network for systems such as health sensors and monitors, pedestrian counts, environmental monitoring, community safety, proximity alerts and more.
Coverage was made available at the beginning of the month and there is no cost to the council.
City chief executive Mark Newman said the IoT arrangement was a way of utilising unused space on council buildings and other locations.
The City will run a trial project by installing water meter data loggers to detect and monitor water usage and quality in council-operated facilities and Cox Bay Lake.
The sensors will allow the City to measure water consumption and water quality, instantly detect unusual water usage and leaks and streamline the process of manually inspecting meters and reporting as officers will no longer need to inspect meters.