Lake Macquarie City Council has successfully shared in Round 1 funding of the Commonwealth's Smart Cities and Suburbs grant program with the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the City of Sydney.
The project involves piloting an integrated approach to investigating IoT for sustainability, liveability and Council operational efficiency outcomes; create an open, modular and scalable City IoT Platform (TULIP) for managing connected assets and data; and community engagement program.
The primary test site is the upgrade of Pearson St Mall and surrounds - the "Charlestown Innovation Precinct" or ChIP - also home to DaSH co-work and a site of the University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N).
You may remember the ChIPfest event late 2017, which was the start of this conversation. ChIP will host the installation of 1-2 Meshed LoRaWAN gateways. Following a staff co-design workshop, we have also opted to install a Meshed LoRaWAN gateway on the Council Administration Building at Speers Point, which appeared on The Things Network today.
In the second half of 2018 you will no doubt hear more about this exciting project and opportunities to get involved. For more information you can also visit https://shape.lakemac.com.au/CHIP or post us a question.
- on behalf of the team at Council and UTS