Connected Cities Launch - Network Prospect

Connected Cities Launch

Connected Cities, a new SA metropolitan Internet of Things network, was launched on Wednesday 17 July 2019, by James Stevens MP Member for Sturt representing Minister Alan Tudge MP Member for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure. The network has been developed by 5 councils and The University of Adelaide, with funding from the Commonwealth Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. 

Key speakers on the day included:

  • James Stevens, Member for Sturt representing Minister Alan Tudge Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure
  • Mayor of Prospect David O’Loughlin
  • Mayor of Port Adelaide Enfield Claire Boan
  • Mayor of Campbelltown Jill Whittaker
  • Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux.

The total cost of the project is just under $290,000, with councils and the Commonwealth contributing 50 per cent each to the network.

“Each Council has contributed up to $35,000 to the project, but through collaboration and with support from the Commonwealth we have developed a world class communications network,” said City of Prospect Mayor David O’Loughlin.

This sensor network (now live) spans across eastern, western and northern Adelaide covering at least 35 per cent of the metropolitan area. It consists of ten LoRaWAN gateways across Burnside, Campbelltown, Prospect, Port Adelaide and Playford and links with the University of Adelaide’s own network at its Waite, City and Roseworthy campuses. The open data nature of the network will mean that it can be used to develop Internet of Things applications.

McKinsey Global Institute (2018) said the total economic impact of the Internet of Things could be worth between $4 to $11 trillion USD per year in 2025. Companies and innovators can use the network to develop solutions to local and global problems. As such the Connected Cities network will help South Australians to access this growing sector. In the case of Councils it will be focused on efficient asset management to advise when bins are full, BBQ’s in use and pedestrian movement patterns in public spaces.

The University of Adelaide has developed a Data Framework for councils. Data collected includes sensor output for non-identifiable people counting and movement tracing across the designated parks areas, main streets and council assets.


Key innovations and outcomes

  • Collaboration of five councils and University of Adelaide with The Things Network (TTN)
  • World first project to incorporate standards of Australian and Asian Communications protocols in network gate ways
  • Covers at least 35 per cent of Adelaide Metropolitan area with 10 new gateways
  • Network is open to commercial opportunities
  • Can provide open access data to the community
  • Live network can be used to develop a wide range of applications for the Internet of Things
  • Data security and framework provided by University of Adelaide.


City of Prospect Mayor David O’Loughlin said,

“The collaboration of five councils and the University of Adelaide has created a metropolitan-wide sensor network to assist councils, business and the community solve local problems. The sensors can tell us when bins in parks are full, BBQs occupied or simply when sporting grounds are busy in real time.”


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