21 September 2020
Is it possible to enhance public spaces, parks and gardens using digital technologies? Are we ready to introduce the Internet of Things in an otherwise tech-free zone where people go to enjoy various forms of passive and active recreation?
Subject to intelligent design, purpose and a focus on user-need and expectations, the answer is yes. We are already seeing how technology is helping us to optimise operational activities, conserve water and maximise energy efficiency, among a myriad of other activities and tasks.
The benefits are diverse when it comes to landscape, buildings and cities. Indeed the opportunities to create smart spaces and transform communities are endless and can include:
The City of Joondalup in Western Australia provides a real-world example of how local government is working with telcos to provide innovative applications that a mobile-enabled society is increasingly asking for. The Internet of Things and its ability to support billions of connected devices worldwide is likely to positively reconfigure industries, sectors and communities, including local municipalities such as the City of Joondalup.
As part of a trial project, Joondalup has embraced the Internet of Things as a very specific strategy to create a ‘smart park’. By partnering with Telstra, the City was set specific goals aimed at transforming Tom Simpson Park, Mullaloo into a smart park by trialing the Internet of Things.
The Tom Simpson Park trial is a Proof of Concept highlighting the importance of having the right telecommunications infrastructure to enable unique applications. From an urban landscape perspective, the trial included several novel innovations:
The trial demonstrated what is possible using digital tools, including IoT devices, to optimise the efficient use of resources and assets, monitor public safety and ensure infrastructure is used much more efficiently. Of course design plays a key role, as does the use of trial data to identify ongoing opportunities for improving public open spaces and parks across the municipality.
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