Smart City Milestones
  • Last updated:
  • 29 Dec 2017

Council has already achieved a number of Smart City milestones. These include:

  • Australia's first automatic waste collection system for the Maroochydore city centre
  • free public Wi-Fi across the region, activated in March 2016 and will continued to expand
  • opening the Smart Centre and Living Lab for public to see trialling new technologies such as waste bin sensors, parking space availability sensors, digital flow meters and dimmable LED lights and learn more about the Smart City Framework
  • hosting HackFest community event to create publicly available apps
  • being 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
  • using 3D modelling with high-levels of accuracy to implement organisational mobility programs and develop the award winning Disaster Hub
  • installing underground and wireless communications networks and designing smart poles for installation in Caloundra South, Maroochydore city centre and streetscaping projects.

Smart City Projects

Current projects being delivered include:

A range of smart technologies will be installed in the Bulcock Street streetscape in Caloundra. These include an innovative LED lighting canopy, waste and parking sensors and smart street lighting making Bulcock Street Australia's first Smart City Urban Streetscape Demonstration and Testing Facility in 2017.

Forming part of the Smart Transportation Solution System of the Smart City Implementation Program (SCIP) is Autonomous Vehicle technology. Easymile EZ10 is an electric, autonomous shuttle bus. It is designed for smart mobility to cover short distances and predefined routes in multi-use environments. Easymile software technology has been powering autonomous shuttles since 2008. It is in use in over 19 countries including Singapore, France, Japan and Australia (Darwin).

The bus holds 10-12 passengers and is safe and secure:

  • Due to redundant embedded systems inspired by aeronautics, EZ10 ensures the safety of passengers and road users from road hazards and technical failures.  
  • Easymille’s hybrid sensing approach combines shuttle localisation through vision, laser and differential GPS. This approach ensures smooth operation irrespective of infrastructure constraints, visibility and/or weather conditions. 
  • Detection of static or moving objects and people relies on redundant perception systems. Upon detection EZ10 adjust its trajectory and speed leading to obstacle avoidance.
  • A ‘safety chain’ as a standalone collision avoidance feature adds to the vehicle and user safety.
  • Fleet management software enables the remote and real-time monitoring and control of the fleet of EZ10 shuttles.

Free rides:

From 14 – 16 December the public can ride on the bus between the two roundabouts on Mooloolaba Esplanade. 

  • Sessions will run from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. 
  • No booking required just turn up and ride.
  • Ramp access is available for disabled passengers or parents with strollers.   

Due to State Govt regulations, the road will be closed to all other traffic and a driver will be present in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

map showing bus route

The Palmwoods Streetscaping project is scheduled to start in May 2017.

The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source.

 


Council is installing free public Wi-Fi access points throughout the region with 130 Wi-Fi access points in Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree and Maroochydore. Hundreds more are scheduled for installation in 2017 and 2018.