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Darwin completes Australia's largest smart city project

The $10 million project includes 912 LED lights, installation of 138 CCTV cameras and, the addition of 39 new hotspots to extend the city’s free wi-fi.

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The aim is for the fully integrated system to be available by the end of June
The aim is for the fully integrated system to be available by the end of June

The largest smart city project in Australia, which aims to establish Darwin as a “smart, liveable, productive and sustainable capital city”, has reportedly been completed on time and on budget.

 

“Switching on Darwin” involved upgrading streetlights with 912 LED lights, installation of 138 CCTV cameras, the addition of 39 new hotspots to extend the city’s free wi-fi, along with 24 environmental sensors and smart parking sensors, and an audio system in the mall.

 

Funding partnership

 

The $10M project was funded in partnership with the Northern Territory ($2.5m) and federal governments ($5m) matched by the city of Darwin ($2.5m).

 

“Completion of this project positions Darwin as a leader in innovation,” said Kon Vatskalis, mayor of Darwin. “We now have the tools to improve the liveability of our city, the delivery of services to our community and to better understand our local environmental.”

 

He continued: “A fully integrated dashboard is being developed which will display trends in the data being collected, including temperature, rain and humidity, noise and dust, wind speed and CO2 levels.”

 

It is anticipated the project will deliver many benefits to the community and environment, including enhanced community safety, improved and more efficient council services.

“We now have the tools to improve the liveability of our city, the delivery of services to our community and to better understanding our local environmental”

Perceived benefits include: greater environmental sustainability by reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions; smart planning where data will inform planning and design; innovation with data available to the community and business sector; and improved public spaces through wi-fi, lighting, smart parking and better understanding of pedestrian movement.

 

With construction complete, the focus has now moved to testing and implementation, with the aim of a fully integrated system being available by the end of June 2019.

 

“The completed Switching on Darwin project is an important part of the Morrison government’s commitment to keeping Darwin residents and visitors safe and improving the amenity of our public spaces,” added Sam McMahon, senator for the Northern Territory.

 

“This project simply would not have been possible without the $5m investment by the Morrison Government and I’m proud to see the completion of this great initiative.”

 

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