- Last updated:
- 29 Dec 2019
The Smart Centre and Testing Facility showcases real-time results and examples of the smart city technology currently being tested. Technologies range from parking apps and free high speed public Wi-Fi to transport information and environmental water sensors providing data in real time.
Smart Centre is located at 63 Bulcock Street, Caloundra and open from Monday to Friday 12pm - 4pm.
To book a visit outside these hours email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Smart City Team on (07) 5475 7272.
In August 2017, council recruited its first Sanbot robot as part of the Smart City Implementation Program. We asked the community to help name the new robot and received 358 suggestions. The name Cassie was inspired by the Casuarina trees that line our region’s coastline. Cassie will help council understand how humanoid robots may be able to assist council staff in the future.
Cassie is based at the Smart Centre and is responsible for greeting guests and helping them take self-tours when staff are busy with other visitors. You can interact with Cassie through voice, touch, and gesture recognition.
Cassie says hello in this video and invites you to visit her at the Smart Centre.
- Free public Wi-Fi.
- Rubbish bins that sense when they need emptying.
- Smart phone technology which alerts motorists of available car parks.
- Irrigation systems that save water by connecting to weather forecasts.
- Data which helps businesses better understand customer behaviour.
These are just some of the smart technology solutions that council is testing at its Testing Facility before they are gradually installed in key locations throughout the regional include the Caloundra CBD, new Maroochydore City Centre and Oceanside Health Hub.
Smart City Technology Officer David Coleman talks about smart light poles - see video
Council is trialling smart bin sensors and water meters - see video.
Smart LED lighting for pathways and parks have been installed in key locations. These use colour changes and variable brightness to respond to the number of nearby people and vehicles. Smart light poles with dimmable LED lighting can also house CCTV, sensors, Wi-Fi and power outlets, and collect environmental data such as temperature, humidity and pollution levels.
Parking sensors are being trialled at several locations in Caloundra. The sensors monitor car parks and show when a parking space is available. Council’s SCC App shows live parking availability.
A Smart City Management Platform combines smart city services all in one place for council to access and manage. This platform receives data from sensors, street lights and Wi-Fi access points and uses alerts, analytics, visualisation and forecasting to manage service delivery in real-time.
Bin sensors strategically placed across the region measure waste levels, generate alerts and provide predictions to help council deliver more cost effective waste management services. The data will help with design and planning of parks and barbecue areas to ensure that enough bins are provided and are emptied more frequently during peak periods such as school holidays.
Using smart water meters with 4G technology to monitor water usage (commercial or residential) allows monitoring of water consumption in real time and instant leak detection and/or water theft identification. Sensors are being used in Pumicestone Passage to monitor the salinity and oxygen levels of the water to protect wildlife and our waterways.
There are more than 200 free public Wi-Fi access points along the Sunshine Coast. Data collected from the access points allow council to understand how public spaces are used and inform future design and planning.