Project to trial wireless network collection of environmental data

Lake Macquarie City Council, with the University of Technology Sydney, the City of Sydney, Nokia and Bosch, has been awarded a $860,000 technology grant from the Australian Government to investigate the application of low power, long range wireless networks to collect environmental data across two NSW city councils.

The Liveable Neighbours in Lake Macquarie project was announced as one of 52 successful projects totalling $28.5 million under Round One of the Australian Government’s inaugural Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) and the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) will partner with Lake Macquarie to apply TULIP (Technology for Urban Livability Project); an environmental platform to empower climate-responsive neighbourhoods by enabling low-cost environmental data collection and sharing between communities, businesses and researchers.

This project has been supported by the LoRaWAN gateway that ISF established with Meshed on the top of Building 10 at UTS. This gateway was the first LoRaWAN gateway accessible to the community in Sydney, and is connected to The Things Network, to enable community based Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

Liveable Neighbours in Lake Macquarie will demonstrate the potential for TULIP to improve environmental health by achieving three key outcomes – improving Lake Macquarie’s digital economy, supporting local business development, and rejuvenating urban spaces such as Charleston.

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