Council is committed to using innovation and technology to deliver efficiencies and smart city outcomes across our growing city. Brisbane is joining a global tech movement, harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) technology to trial whether efficiencies and better-informed decisions can be made using sensors in the field.
In April 2019, Council launched a free, publicly accessible IoT Low-Powered Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) at six locations across Brisbane and began trialling sensor technology to improve efficiency, maintenance and responsiveness across delivery of Council services. The network covers approximately 200 square kilometres of Brisbane and in two months of operation has transacted more than 120,000 messages from IoT devices. Council currently has 10 IoT proofs of concept underway leveraging the network for activities such as environmental monitoring, improving maintenance efficiency and smart technology for invasive species management. More proofs of concept are planned and work is underway to evaluate demand for further investment in LPWAN technology.
The technology also encourages community innovation by allowing residents and businesses to collect their own data throughout the network, for free. For example, a business could use the network to track its fleet vehicles or to control equipment in the field remotely. Residents or community groups could also use sensors to monitor the soil moisture of lawns and grounds, saving water resources and costs. As a free service, IoT and LPWAN allow Council to give back to the people and places that make our city great.
Trials of the sensor technology are expected to run until March 2020, with a decision on its implementation to be based on usage, costs and benefit.