A SMART city uses technology and sensors to collect data, with these insights guiding an organisations decision in order to operate more efficiently and effectively when it comes to managing assets, resources and the natural environment. As the City of Joondalup embraces a new age of technology, collection of data and advanced analytics will be used to inform decision making and better plan for future generations.
SMART isn’t just about using technology. SMART is an approach to how the City aims to deliver services to the community to meet its needs – now and in the future.
As technology evolves, becomes more affordable and appropriate to the City’s requirements, as an organisation the aim is to actively pursue the opportunity to incorporate smart technology into business activities. SMART technology has the capacity to provide data and information to support decision making. This includes how assets, such as buildings and facilities are maintained. It can enhance sustainability through energy efficiency initiatives such as solar panels and LED lighting, and inform strategies in preparation for climate change impacts on the natural environment.
Find out more about the new and innovative ways the City uses technology below:
In 2017 the City entered a joint smart environmental monitoring project with the City of Wanneroo regarding the shared natural asset, the Yellagonga Wetlands. The project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
The project achieved a significant milestone on 17 December 2019 and launched a buoy onto Lake Joondalup. The buoy, fitted with a range of sensors, including libellium sensors, are successfully transmitted data through an IoT platform that populates a live dashboard, which community members are welcome to view.
Currently, as part of the proof of concept trial, data is being transmitted every two hours for a range of measures. This may be adjusted over time after initial analysis of the data has been completed.
The objectives of the smart environmental monitoring project include:
Improved and smarter data collection
Reduce manual data collection
Enhance resource efficiency of data collection
Improve the accessibility of data and the ability to analyse
Improved and smarter data analysis and decision making
Develop/implement new analytical tools and methods
Improve data visualisation and reporting
Increase the understanding of the Yellagonga Wetlands from an ecological, policy and management perspective
Improve evidence-based decision making
Improved community engagement
Increase public data/information about the ecology and management of the Yellagonga Wetlands
Enhance the reach and use of the data
Enhance community understanding, appreciation and visitation of the wetlands.
Smart cities initiatives
As the driver of innovation and economic growth for Perth’s northern corridor, the City of Joondalup is conscious of the role of digital transformation in government services delivering outcomes and services for the community.