The city of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia, has made great strides toward becoming a truly smart city. They recently deployed an IoT-based initiative to improve the visitor experience in and around Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree. There, they use sensors to monitor crowds, environmental issues, and even its waste receptacles. The lake and the park surrounding it track both public and environmental data points and provide the data to both the city and the public. The article that follows takes a deep dive into how the city executed on the Lake Wendouree project, as well as some of what they are doing in Ballarat proper with the IoT.
Imagine you take your family to a nearby park for a picnic near the lake. You don’t even notice, but despite the crowds of people with the same thought, there is ample seating, adequate shade, the trash bins aren’t overflowing, the water is clear, and the fish are plentiful. It’s possible this scenario has been brought to you by IoT.
That is happening now in a small lake community in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. A significant tourist destination, Ballarat is known for its history, culture and its well-preserved Victorian-era heritage.To improve sustainability and economic prosperity, the City of Ballarat has created a smart city framework that promotes transparency and accountability across the public and private sectors.
The framework includes gathering data from a variety of sensors, built on a connected infrastructure, The Things Network. Data is collected from the smart sensors using long-range, low power wide-area network (LoRaWAN) services. Ballarat has deployed sensors to monitor crowds, environmental issues, and even its waste receptacles.