Wyndham City has introduced the first smart parks and precincts as part of an innovative pilot project that aims to provide a better overall experience for residents.
Wyndham City has installed smart technology at Wyndham Park in Werribee, Greening the Pipeline Pilot Park in Williams Landing and Central Park Community Centre in Hoppers Crossing as part of its Smart Parks and Precincts Project.
Wyndham City’s Smart City portfolio holder, Aaron An, said the trial included a mixture of public Wi-Fi, smart phone charging stations, smart bins, smart barbecues and equipment temperature sensors to improve the overall experience at each site, boost safety and provide more environmentally-friendly amenities.
Mr An said the technology would provide Wyndham Council with valuable data about how spaces and facilities are being used by the community.
“Through the Smart Parks and Precincts Project, we will be able to identify when BBQs, benches and exercise equipment are being used; access and movement across Wyndham parks and facilities; and outdoor temperatures and humidity,” Mr An said.
“The data will lead to an improved and more efficient operation and maintenance of Council facilities and inform the future design of parks, community centres and other facilities to best meet the dynamic demands of the community.
“The project is part of Wyndham City’s Smart City Strategy 2019-2024, which details Council’s vision for Wyndham to become a connected digital city by using technology and innovation to shape how our residents, visitors and businesses work, play and live.
“We are embracing new and emerging technology, data and innovation to create one of Australia’s most liveable and prosperous cities.”
Mr An said there the technology may be deployed across other parks and facilities in the future and that there is scope to potentially use the sensors to monitor grass height in parks and open spaces, and use robotics for lawn maintenance.