Madden Street Auckland made smart, by Spark et al

Devices to help collect and analyse data from rubbish bins, car parks, streetlights and the air

Spark, Auckland Transport, NB SmartCities, Cisco and Auckland Council’s Panuku Development have teamed up to turn Madden Street in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter into a demonstration smart street, using Spark's LTE Cat-M1 and LoRaWAN IoT communications networks.

A number of devices have been installed along a 300-metre stretch of the street to enable the collection and analysis of data from rubbish bins, car parks, streetlights and the air.

Spark said it had invested in smart bins and smart parking. "The smart bin sensors address two major pain points – avoiding bin overflow at busy times, and route optimisation."

Waste bin sensors have been supplied by PiPIot and parking sensors by Turbo Technologies and IoT Ventures.

So far, four of Madden Street’s street-lamps have been replaced with smart LED lights that can be individually dimmed or brightened when needed.

According to Spark’s Digital Services lead Michael Stribling, conversion to LED reduces energy usage by around 50 percent but additional control of brightness can increase savings to 70 percent.

"[Further benefits] include remote monitoring to identify outages without patrolling streets, tracking real-time air pollution and noise, and flexibility to adapt the brightness depending on variables such as the weather,” he said.

The lamps also provide a public WiFi network and include CCTV cameras for street monitoring. There is also the option to add pedestrian counters and public alert speakers.

Data from all the devices is relayed to Cisco’s Kinetic for Cities software platform. "It displays and analyses all the information together and can provide secure links for existing city systems to tap into the data and be more efficient," Spark said.

Panuku Development Auckland's head of corporate responsibility, Miranda James, said data gathered from the network could also support more informed decision-making about the most efficient ways to manage assets - for example car park usage - and could be used to create a blueprint to enable other parts of the city to function more efficiently and sustainably.


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