LoRaWAN is an emerging technology, being provided by Norwest developer Mulpha, which enables people living and working within Norwest to connect free-of charge to the LoRaWAN infrastructure. Anyone can purchase a standard battery or solar powered wireless LoRaWAN device such as a security monitor, garden sensor, GPS tracker or one of hundreds of different devices available, and connect it to the LoRaWAN network, provided they are within its 10km radius range.
This connectivity enables people to innovate, and provides them the opportunity to increase functionality and efficiency across a broad range of applications. Mulpha hopes this technology can be used to improve traffic flow, reduce waste, improve efficiency for things such as energy and water use, and ultimately help people to understand and improve how they work and live.
Mulpha Norwest Executive General Manager, Tim Spencer said, “Mulpha is committed to ensuring we have the infrastructure and technology in place to be a truly Smart City for both residents and workers.”

Mulpha will be using the LoRaWAN system themselves to introduce Smart City applications and infrastructure monitoring, including:

  • Air Quality index: using particle and gas monitors to report local air quality information for residents and workers.
  • Weather Station: solid state, ultrasonic weather station that reports local temperature, humidity, wind direction, wind speed, rainfall, rain intensity and more.
  • Water quality monitoring: using sensors to report on water temperature, pH and dissolved oxygen levels in the wetlands and lakes within Norwest.
  • Soil moisture probes: devices to provide staff managing green infrastructure with accurate soil moisture readings, leading to water conservation, and the ability to predict when plants need water.
  • Smart Bins: wireless smart bins where waste collections are managed more efficiently, and avoiding over-flows, by understanding real-time
    fill levels.
  • People Counting: people counting in specific areas of the precinct to better understand people movement and subsequent infrastructure size, location and design requirements.

“We hope to evolve with this technology and ultimately use it to create a live Norwest Heat Island Map, as an interface for immediate qualitative responses from the public about their environment, and as a powerful tool within our Integrated Transport Strategy programme. We are very excited about the unlimited benefits that this will bring to the people of Norwest.”
It is important to note that no IP or personal information is captured at any point, and that the collected data captured from the environment is handled in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW).

For more information about how to get started with your own Smart Life data collection, email Jan van der Bergh from Mulpha.

This article sponsored by Mulpha Norwest

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