Liveable Neighbourhoods Challenge
Build Your Internet of Things (IoT) Idea
Council has installed a long range wide area network (LoRaWAN) throughout the City that allow people to wirelessly connect ‘things’ over short and long distances. We want the community to use this great new resource, and we’re reaching out to the community to help.
LoRaWAN is a low-cost platform that allows devices – often small, cheap and battery operated – to communicate with each other and a home base via the internet. It bypasses the need to connect to the internet via more expensive 3G and 4G networks.
We asked local innovators in our community build a device that could use this new technology.
Devices tailored for LoRaWAN use can range from tiny people-counters monitoring the number of visitors to a playground or dog exercise area to sensors tracking noise, temperature or other ambient conditions.
The five finalists in the Smart Liveable Neighbourhoods Challenge were:
- A decibel meter to help planners and researchers better understand local noise levels and noise pollution
- An amenities usage monitor to count toilet flush frequency, to enable better scheduling of cleaning and servicing
- A gate counter to count people visiting city parks
- A garbage bin sensor to monitor when a bin is full and how quickly it fills and
- A sports field controller to remotely control lights, sprinklers, toilet locks and other amenities.
Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the sports field controller – devised by local engineer Chris Evans – won the day for its practicality and wide range of applications.
The Smart Liveable Neighbourhoods Challenge is supported by the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Round 1 Program, and Council's collaboration with the University of Technology, Sydney, Meshed, Reekoh, Nokia and the Urban Institute.
Page last updated: 03 July 2019