Sensor networks the next step in Smart City rollout

April 30, 2017

The installation of sensor networks that connect and relay data at three key locations is the next step in Ipswich’s Smart City evolution.

The networks will be installed at the Ipswich CBD, Springfield Central and Rosewood as part of council’s commitment to leading economic and social change.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the move further enhanced the city’s status as an early adopter.

“The sensor networks lay the platform for community and commercial opportunities, testing technology in the areas of water, waste and lighting management, solar energy, precinct maintenance, traffic management and user engagement,” he said.

“They use low power, long range, low bandwidth networks under the LoRaWAN standard, relaying data between a number of nodes and a central gateway.

“This continues our digital journey and advances the Ipswich Smart City Blueprint, which was officially adopted in September last year as a roadmap for innovation and co-ordination.

“The blueprint means we can start assessing areas of council and the community that have the greatest opportunity for innovative improvement.

“One of these areas includes public spaces, and that’s why we’re taking steps to revolutionise the sites and the community experiences that come with them.

“The networks will be assessed and expanded as the Smart City program progresses.”