Residents, businesses and workers in Norwest now have access to unlimited connectivity through a new Smart City wireless Long-Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN).
This emerging technology, being provided by Norwest developer Mulpha, will enable people living and working within Norwest to connect free-of charge to the LoRaWAN infrastructure.Anyone can purchase a standard battery or solar powered wireless LoRaWAN device such as a security monitor, garden sensor, GPS tracker or one of hundreds of different devices available, and connect it to the LoRaWAN network, provided they are within its 10km radius range.
Sometimes referred to as ‘The Internet of Things’ network, this connectivity will enable people to innovate, and provide them the opportunity to increase functionality and efficiency across a broad range of applications.Mulpha hopes this technology can be used to improve traffic flow, reduce waste, improve efficiency for things such as energy and water use, and ultimately help people to understand and improve how they work and live. As ‘The Internet of Things’ develops at a rapid rate, the LoRaWAN will allow for ever increasing opportunities and connections to take place, many of which we can’t even envisage today.
Mulpha has been working with Sydney based providers, Meshed, to have the Norwest LoRaWAN up and running. Mulpha will also be providing residents, visitors and workers in Norwest with a web page to access useful real time information on the precinct.
Mulpha Norwest Executive General Manager, Tim Spencer said: “Mulpha is committed to ensuring we have the infrastructure and technology in place to be a truly Smart City for both residents and workers.”
“We want to ensure we use the best technology to manage infrastructure, services and the environment. Residents can enhance their homes and lifestyle through smart home technology, and businesses and their workers can actively participate and thrive in the global entrepreneurial economy.
“We hope to evolve with this technology and ultimately use it to create a live Norwest Heat Island Map, as an interface for immediate qualitative responses from the public about their environment, and as a powerful tool within our Integrated Transport Strategy programme.We are very excited about the unlimited benefits that this will bring to the people of Norwest.”
Mulpha will be using the LoRaWAN system themselves to introduce Smart City applications and infrastructure monitoring, including:
Air Quality index: using particle and gas monitors to report local air quality information for residents and workers.
Weather Station: solid state, ultrasonic weather station that reports local temperature, humidity, wind direction, wind speed, rainfall, rain intensity and more.
Water quality monitoring: using sensors to report on water temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen levels in the wetlands and lakes within Norwest.
Soil moisture probes: devices to provide staff managing green infrastructure with accurate soil moisture readings, leading to water conservation, and the ability to predict when plants need water.
Smart Bins: wireless smart bins where waste collections are managed more efficiently, and avoiding over-flows, by understanding real-time
People Counting: people counting in specific areas of the precinct to better understand people movement and subsequent infrastructure size, location and design requirements.
The LoRaWAN Internet of Things network is a secure and collaborative network that operates thousands of gateways providing coverage to millions of people in many countries around the globe. Not just for large corporations, anyone can install low cost LoRaWAN base-stations and sensors, which then provide unlimited connectivity to anyone within range.
It is important to note that no IP or personal information is captured at any point, and that the collected data captured from the environment is handled in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW).
Norwest’s new Smart City wireless Long-Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) will be explained at the next Smarttalks event to be held on
Wednesday 26 June from 5.30pm-8.00pm at Aveo Bella Vista, 28 Norbrik Drive, Bella Vista. (Register for this event)
For more information about how to get started with your own Smart Life data collection, contact Jan van der Bergh at firstname.lastname@example.org.