Following the successful magical park transformation in 2017, Council secured a $264,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant from the Federal Government to integrate a range of smart technology initiatives across the park.
At first glance, the presence of smart technology at Heywood park is almost invisible, as it is concealed underground or hidden within existing infrastructure systems. The range of smart technologies include:
- Electrical car charging station
- Predictive lighting for energy efficiency and safety
- Digital kiosks for the latest information and wayfinding
- Sensor parking bays linked to online apps for users to check availability and enable Council to track visitors
- Monitored water usage of toilet amenities and drinking fountains to help maintenance and operating costs
- Data of usage and maintenance notifications for emptying bins and cleaning BBQ’s
All data collection is uploaded to a cloud platform, assisting Council to monitor the park’s usage and user activity throughout the day, helping contribute to future planning.
In addition to the Smart Technology initiatives, Council repaved pathways and installed new energy efficient LED lights to improve night-time visibility for pedestrians and cyclists.
The introduction of Smart Technology has made it easier for Council to develop future planning, predict operating and maintenance costs and provide economic benefit to local community for long-term cost savings. This has illustrated Council’s initiative to lead change on how to plan for a digital future in our neighbourhood parks.