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Granville Smart Precinct Pilot Project


Cumberland Council

Granville, New South Wales

Project stage



Start date: 08 October 2018
End date: 30 June 2020

Project value

Australian Government funding:


  • University of Technology Sydney
  • NSW TAFE - Western Region
  • Meshed Pty Ltd

Focus area

  • City and community planning

Project type

  • Smart traffic management
  • Community engagement
  • Public safety
  • Smart parking
  • Smart waste
  • Environmental monitoring
  • People movement

Technology type

  • Internet of Things
  • CCTV
  • Data Management (Data platform, open data, data privacy and security, blockchains, standards)
  • Environmental sensors
  • Smart poles
  • 3D modeling

Project summary

The project implemented SMART Technology data collection solutions to facilitate the revitalization of the Granville Precinct and delivered a replicable, scalable and adaptable model for smart precinct planning. A smart approach to engagement with the community was a core part of the project allowing for the integration of diverse views into the Precinct’s co-design process. Open data sharing and its integration with real-time data will facilitate innovation in the smart precinct planning process and allow for ongoing iteration of ideas as a dynamic place-making and co-design precinct planning process. Urban analytics will be applied for new smart precinct planning insights. 

The challenge

The project developed an agile and smart approach to place-making, co-design and community engagement by testing how open- and real-time data can be leveraged to better inform precinct planning. In this way, evidence-based decisions can be made about where resources should be deployed by Council and other development partners.


It is anticipated that the project will deliver a cost effective, smart precinct planning process that is agile and allows for replication and scalability while enabling the testing of ideas as part of place-making and co-design of precincts.


The future benefits of the project include improved amenity and enhanced safety. Car parking and traffic will also be better managed though smart planning and place making. It is anticipated that gaining an understanding of movement patterns will also inform economic activities potentially revitalizing the Granville Precinct and attracting new types of business and social activities. Better community spaces will also result through the co-design process with the community. 

Lessons learned

  • Real time data provides a robust basis for smart precinct planning and facilitates data-driven decision making.
  • Early citizen involvement is essential for successful precinct planning and projects.  Adopting a smart engagement approach allows for genuine citizen participation in Place-making and identifying those elements that support liveability for the community.
  • Collaboration with key educational establishments enriches the precinct planning process and is critical for citizen involvement in place making and innovation. 
  • The free and ubiquitous IoT LoRaWAN Network set up in Granville provides an opportunity to grow innovation and support local businesses, educational institutions and citizens in their pursuits.  It also contributes to the expansion of LoRaWAN coverage within Sydney as part of a global IoT network. 


  • An increase in green canopy to minimise urban heat island impacts within the precinct;
  • Management of car parking to encourage diversification of local economic activities;
  • Enhanced lighting for safety and security within the precinct; and
  • Public amenity and open space improvements within the precinct.

Contact details

Name: Nyambura Mwaniki
Phone: 02 8757 9952
Email: Nyambura.Mwaniki@cumberland.nsw.gov.au