Sunshine Coast on track with smart city technology
  • Thursday 08 December 2016
Smart Centre at 63 Bulcock Street in Caloundra

Over the past 14 months, council has begun to implement its Smart City Framework in a bid to make it easier to live, work and do business in our region – and with a number of smart integrated technologies and initiatives already in place, it’s off to a great start.

Today council adopted its Smart City Implementation Plan, which outlines what’s next.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the $1.6 million three-year program would deliver tangible smart technologies and infrastructure to the region.

“Ultimately the Smart City Implementation Program is an investment in the future of the Sunshine Coast and will benefit residents and the business community in their day-to-day lives,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Next year will see a number of significant projects completed including the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, which will allow council to become Australia’s first local government to offset 100% of its electricity consumption from clean energy across all its facilities and operations.

“Further smart technology will be installed in the Bulcock Street streetscape and incorporated into other projects such as the Sunshine Coast Stadium upgrade and Palmwoods streetscape.”

Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson said the unique business intelligence data captured through the new technologies would also help council provide services where they are needed most.

“It will create revenue opportunities that allow for additional activities and in turn, more benefits to the ratepayer,” Cr Robinson said.

“We will also continue to work with key regional stakeholders on implementing the plan.

“Creating a smarter Sunshine Coast is about more than council initiatives.

“It requires strong partnerships with businesses and the community, and we will continue to build those and encourage activities that work towards these goals.”

2016 milestones of a smarter Sunshine Coast:

  • Procurement of Australia’s first automatic waste collection system for a CBD, in Maroochydore
  • Free public WiFi across the region, which was activated in March to replace a three-year trial and has continued to expand
  • Opened the Smart Centre and Living Lab at 63 Bulcock Street Caloundra, which trials new technologies such as waste bin sensors, parking space availability sensors, digital water flow meters and dimmable LED lights for evaluation before installation in other areas, and which is already delivering savings and community benefits. The centre is open for the public to see technologies on display and learn more about the Smart City Framework.
  • A range of smart technologies installed in Caloundra’s Bulcock Street during and after the streetscape upgrade, including an innovative LED lighting canopy, waste and parking sensors and smart street lighting  – it will become Australia’s first Smart City Urban Streetscape Demonstration and Testing Facility in 2017
  • Hosted HackFest, a community event, to create publicly available apps using open data
  • Named an International Smart 21 City for 2017 by the worldwide Intelligent Community Forum
  • The Sunshine Coast Council app, available for Android and Apple, which includes parking space availability in real time
  • Communications network (underground and wireless), electrical and smart poles developed and designed for SunCentral Maroochydore.