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Mornington Peninsula Smart Parking and Amenities for high demand areas


Mornington Peninsula Shire

Rye, Victoria

Project stage



Start date: 07 January 2019
End date: 30 June 2020

Project value

Australian Government funding:


  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
  • DM Roads

Focus area

  • Visitor experience
  • Innovation and economic development
  • Facility and services management (buildings, energy, waste, utilities)

Project type

  • Smart lighting
  • Smart traffic management
  • Visitor experience
  • Smart parking
  • Smart amenity management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • People movement
  • Other

Technology type

  • Internet of Things
  • Network infrastructure
  • Smartphone applications
  • Hardware
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Environmental sensors
  • IT systems (interoperability)
  • Cloud computing
  • Online portal

Project summary

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Smart Precinct project will reduce traffic congestion and crashes, make parking easier and improve amenities in busy towns. It maximises the use of existing carparks and amenities by integrating smart signage, app, and cloud service with latest sensor technology. Real-time sensing will efficiently guide drivers to available parking based on predictive analytics. Data-driven responsive amenities maintenance will be enabled to ensure high standards of BBQs, bins and toilets. Also, a new backend visualisation and decision support system will assist planning of safety and asset improvements. This project addresses the impacts of growing demand from communities and tourism without major infrastructure investment.

The challenge

  • Significant increasing demand on parking supply however, some car parks not effectively utilised.
  • Congestion occurring through inefficient vehicle circulation seeking parking.
  • To provide better delivery of Council’s services to maintain amenities like toilets, BBQs, bins and pedestrian pathways and ‘Place’ spaces.


Engagement of data analytics and AI expertise through partnership with RMIT University Development of technology-based solutions for:

  • Car park monitoring and determination of real-time availability of parking
  • Amenity usage monitoring and determination when facility needs cleaning or servicing
  • Smart signage for guiding local traffic Supply and installation of sensing systems with ongoing maintenance and servicing by suppliers and contractors
  • Development and implementation of a tailored solution integrating smart sensing, journey app and smart signage A comprehensive trial with sensor deployment, data management, integration, analytics, and evaluation at Rye Township Evaluation of the project outcomes by MPS, RMIT, and ARRB.


The project aims to improve accessibility to available parking through real time parking availability and journey services information which will also reduce congestion.

Following an evaluation of the demonstration project there will be a program developed for scaling up to other high demand towns using the most effective technology.

Lessons learned

Smart technology is still emerging therefore be cautious about over committing to technology solutions too quickly.

A demonstration is beneficial as a first step to enable an evaluation of the best technology suppliers and systems.


  • Established project management teams and engaged technology suppliers.
  • Commenced implementation of sensors.
  • Established a cloud data platform.
  • Commenced researching data.

Contact details

Name: Doug Bradbrook
Phone: 03 59501337