City Becomes Aware

Filed under Environment & Pollution, News, Science & Research, Technology - IT - AI ~ by Press on  21 Oct 2019

Advanced network of sensors spread across the city detects local environmental issues.

Lord mayor sceptical upon being told she holds an IoT version of a Primus kerosene stove.

The network establishes Newcastle as an experimental testbed for research, prototyping and entrepreneurial activity.

The City’s ‘Envirosensing’ network and Internet of Things (IoT) project, is the culmination of three years of work to build one of the most advanced smart city infrastructure systems in Australia.

The system is designed to measure a range of environmental conditions including temperature, humidity, wind direction, air quality, water usage, soil moisture and solar irradiance.

The infrastructure also allows for the pilot deployment of smart bin sensors, smart parking sensors and other smart city applications.

Data collected by the sensors can help the City better understand and respond to issues such as urban heat island effect, air pollution, flood management and water sustainability, as well as monitor the performance of urban systems and assets.

An example of how these sensors can be used is in combatting the phenomenon of higher temperatures in areas with a lot of buildings and pavement, known as the Urban Heat Island effect,” Cr Nelmes said.

Studies show that Urban Heat Islands are associated with higher pollution and negative health conditions, especially for the elderly and young children. This technology will be integral to exploring possible actions to mitigate urban warming.”

Today’s launch will also showcase custom-designed adaptable sensor housings developed with local industrial design outfit Design Anthology, which are integrated into the city’s growing smart pole network and can be accessed by the City’s research and industry partners to develop new technologies and help solve city challenges.

The NSW Government supported the deployment of smart city infrastructure through a $5 million grant via the Restart NSW-funded Hunter Innovation Project. A partnership with the State Government will see the City of Newcastle invest an additional $2 million over three years.

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