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Smart Cities Collaboration, Perth


City of Perth

Perth, Western Australia

Project stage



Start date: 17 November 2017
End date: 20 May 2019

Project value

Australian Government funding:


  • Aquinas College
  • University of WA
  • Fremantle College
  • John Curtin College
  • Lesmurdie High School
  • North Metro TAFE
  • Iona College
  • St George's Anglican Grammar
  • Kent St High School
  • Wesley College, Woodlands Primary School, University of WA

Focus area

  • Innovation and economic development
  • Facility and services management (buildings, energy, waste, utilities)
  • Public safety (crime and disaster prevention and management)
  • Education and public health
  • Natural environmental data and measurement (air quality, dust, noise, waterways)

Project type

  • Smart lighting
  • Community engagement
  • Public safety
  • Smart hub/precinct
  • Smart irrigation
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Smart governance

Technology type

  • Internet of Things
  • CCTV
  • Network infrastructure
  • Data Management (Data platform, open data, data privacy and security, blockchains, standards)
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Environmental sensors
  • IT systems (interoperability)
  • Cloud computing
  • Online portal

Open data link

Project link

Project summary

This project provided a Smart Cities Collaboration Market Place platform, enabling the city and its partners to collaborate and exchange ideas and data to evolve and scale technologies. Pilots, including a smart irrigation trial in public parks and a smart precinct project around the new Perth Stadium, have kick started use of the platform to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration in city planning.

The challenge

The projects delivered a range of solutions to improve liveability, sustainability and workability for the City of Perth, its partners, residents, visitors and neighbours. Augmentation projects added new features and capabilities on existing infrastructure. (Smart Irrigation, Video Analytics, Smart Lighting, Sustainability Dashboard) Innovation projects created delivered new technologies for the Perth area. (Open Data Portal, Public LoRa WAN, Citizen Science)


Seven separate projects were delivered.

Extensive use was made of Perth based businesses to promote local capability and skills.

All projects shared technical and development resources which reduced risk and supported project delivery efficiency.

Projects included:

  • CCTV camera analytics to support evidence-based decisions.
  • Australia’s largest Public LORAWAN network.
  • Smart Lighting trial.
  • Citizen Science program delivered to 12 school and universities (UWA, Curtin, North Metro TAFE). Smart sensors providing air, soil and water data.  All published in real time to the Public Open Data Portal. Hundreds of students enhanced their STEM, IoT and Smart Technology knowledge.
  • Secure IoT dashboard (Eagle Io) feeding data into an Open Data Portal.
  • Smart Irrigation, City wide large scale roll out of 107 smart irrigation devices demonstrating significant environmental, electrical and operational savings. Water savings, reduced nutrient runoff and operational efficiencies.


1. Open Data Portal.  Real time publication of environmental sensor data.  Pollution monitoring.  Data Exchange.  Public Data publication.  Collaboration.  Transparency.

2. Public LoRa WAN.  Business Sensors.  Wi-Fi people counters for events and marketing.  IoT innovation enabler.

3. Citizen Science.  School support of STEM.  Sensors in the School yard.  Education sessions.

4. Smart Irrigation.  Water savings (conservative 10-20%).  Operational efficiency savings.  Reduced nutrient runoff.  Efficient groundwater use.  Water quality monitoring.

5. Video Analytics.  Public Safety.  Law Enforcement. Analytics of footfall and vehicle traffic movement.  Analysis of Free Parking trials.  Analytics of Tourist visits to information booth.

6. Smart Lighting.  CO2 savings.  Light pollution.  Energy reduction.  Operational efficiencies.  Fault reporting.  Proof of engineering and technical de-risk of follow on projects.

7. Sustainability Dashboard.  Shared Public Data.  Enhanced decision making.

Lessons learned

1. Value of investing in Local businesses as delivery partners.

2. Early and ongoing community participation was highly successful.

3. Procurement was complex and required longer planning timelines.

4. Scarce skilled HR.


All projects have delivered on scope, on time, and on budget. City of Perth has committed to sustain the existing technologies through an extended evaluation period.

Key outcomes were delivered through the project:

  • Irrigation - irrigation controllers capturing water use and enable remote management for water efficiency and adjustments for rainfall and soil moisture.
  • Smart Precinct - deployed cameras with analytical functions regarding visitor, vehicle and pedestrian numbers for planning and security.
  • Open Data Portal - sensor data dashboards published to a global audience.
  • Citizen science - enhanced relationships with secondary schools, tertiary institutions, community groups and local government authorities to raise awareness and education of environmental influences on health and wellbeing.
  • Sustainability Dashboard - sourced, curated, presented and published a wide range of sustainability data.

Contact details

Name: John Hawke
Phone: 0411305105
Email: john.hawke@cityofperth.wa.gov.au