Brisbane Smart Poles

The Brisbane Smart Poles project involves installing 20 poles across Brisbane to collect important data about how the city functions.

This project supports Brisbane City Plan 2014 and the Digital Brisbane 2.0 strategy and contributes to Brisbane Vision 2031. The delivery of Brisbane Smart Poles will support a New World City that demonstrates it is smart, creative and accessible. 

Project summary

Address

Various locations across Brisbane

Ward Various 
Project outcome The delivery of Brisbane Smart Poles will support a New World City that demonstrates it is smart, creative and accessible.
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Project introduction

About the project

The Brisbane Smart Poles project involves housing a range of location specific sensors and devices on smart poles across Brisbane. These seven-metre tall smart poles will collect data and transfer that data to a central management system to be analysed to produce important information about how key locations across Brisbane are used.

Brisbane Smart Poles (BSP) will support a variety of location-specific devices such as sensors and pedestrian and bicycle counters, which are networked to a Central Management System (CMS).

Project benefits

  • This project supports Brisbane City Plan 2014 and the Digital Brisbane 2.0 strategy and contributes to Brisbane Vision 2031. The delivery of BSPs will support a New World City that demonstrates it is smart, creative and accessible.
  • Brisbane Smart Poles will provide services and real-time information to assist Council improve the operation and efficiency of the Central Business District and surrounding areas.
  • Brisbane Smart Poles will support a variety of location-specific devices such as sensors and pedestrian and bicycle counters, which are networked to a Central Management System (CMS).

Project locations

The map below shows the proposed locations of the Brisbane Smart Poles. The project plans for each location are also available to download.

View by suburb

Suburb Smart Pole Locations
Brisbane CBD
  • Roma Street, Albert Street and Turbot Street intersection 
  • Edward Street and Alice Street intersection 
  • Albert Street and Alice Street intersection
  • Albert Street and Charlotte Street intersection
  • City Botanic Gardens
  • Goodwill Bridge
  • Kurilpa Bridge, Tank Street entrance
  • Howard Smith Wharves
Fitzgibbon
  • Bracken Ridge Skate Park
Fortitude Valley
  • Chinatown Mall
  • Brunswick Street Mall
Kangaroo Point
  • Captain Burke Park
  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park
Mt Coot-tha
  • Botanic Gardens
New Farm
  • New Farm Park
Paddington
  • Paddington Skate Park
Sandgate
  • Sandgate-Brighton Foreshore
South Brisbane
  • Kurilpa Bridge
Woolloongabba
  • Logan Road
Wynnum
  • Wynnum Foreshore

 

Project features

Read about the features of the Brisbane Smart Poles. You can also download the list of proposed locations and their features.

Beacon LED luminaire

LED beacons used to easily identify a smart poles location.

Creative lighting

Creative lighting may include coloured or patterned lighting displayed on the ground or the wall of a building. This supports the City of Lights Strategy by engaging public spaces.

Public safety lighting

LED lighting that will produce energy efficient lighting surrounding a poles immediate location for the safety of the public.

Pedestrian and cyclist detection

These detectors will capture and monitor pedestrian and cyclist movements. This will provide real-time information to Council about pedestrian, scooter and cyclist volumes and movements.

Environmental noise monitoring

These devices will monitor noise levels surrounding the smart pole for environmental survey purposes, including traffic and other noise levels.

Climate monitoring

Climate monitoring devices can capture and monitor a variety of weather and climate data. This may include information on air temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, rainfall levels, sunlight levels, ground vibration and wind speed.

Air quality monitoring

The air quality monitors will collect data about the level of pollution in the ambient air immediately surrounding the smart poles.

Wi-Fi

Free public Wi-Fi will be included for users to enjoy, utilising Council’s Wi-Fi network.

USB charging

USB charging ports will be included on the smart pole for the public to charge mobile phones and other personal devices.

General power outlet

General power outlets provide electricity to the public for events within the area.

Project timings

Construction to install the Brisbane Smart poles is expected to begin in late 2019, with the poles scheduled to be operational by mid-2020, subject to site conditions.

    More information

    If you would like to provide comments, ask questions or find out more about the Brisbane Smart Poles you can:

    • Call the project team on 1800 884 681
    • call Council on (07) 3403 8888
    • email the project team
    • write to:
    • Brisbane Smart Poles
      City Projects Office
      GPO Box 1434
      Brisbane QLD 4001
    Last updated:22 October 2019