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Smart Projects Showcase

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters has already started its smart city journey.

There are a number of smart projects, programs and initiatives already in action across the Council. These initiatives represent the strong smart city foundation that this Smart City Plan will build-upon.

Smart School Crossing an Australian first

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William Street, Norwood (St Joseph’s Memorial School) is now home to Australia’s first Smart School Crossing, which collects high quality data that is informing better transport planning decisions and improving road and pedestrian safety.

In partnership with SAGE Group, the crossing allows for:

  • measurement of incoming and outgoing traffic speed (bidirectional radar)
  • the ability to change the operational aspects of crossing signals
  • analysis of pedestrian movements (anonymised Bluetooth and wi-fi detectors).

Data indicates that traffic speeds are slowing during the school drop-off and pick-up periods since the installation of the crossing.

Smarter Parade, Norwood

Norwood Parade Masterplan Tile

The Council is investigating smart infrastructure as part of The Parade Norwood streetscape redevelopment, including the following examples:

  • digital kiosks – to provide interactive content to the public about events and wayfinding information
  • smart lighting – which turns on/off automatically during twilight periods
  • people counter sensors – to monitor visitation to Adelaide’s premier main street.

The Parade, Norwood streetscape redevelopment is a part of The Parade Masterplan and is scheduled to be completed in 2024.

Related website:

The Parade, Norwood

Public electric vehicle charging stations

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Electric vehicle charging stations, with the combined capacity to charge 10 vehicles at once, are being installed at six locations across the City.

The Council has engaged Jolt Charge and Evie Networks, to install the charging stations.

Two Evie Network charging stations (pay per charge) with the capability of accommodating two vehicles have been installed on level 1 of the Webbe Street car park, Norwood.

Jolt charging stations have been installed at three locations: The Republic Hotel, Magill Road, Linde Reserve Carpark, Nelson Street and Borthwick Memorial Gardens Carpark, Payneham Road.

The remaining locations will have stations installed throughout the remainder of 2022 and early in 2023. Additional stations are to be considered at a later date.

Map of charging locations

Expansion of free Wi-Fi

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Free Wi-Fi is available to residents and visitors at the Council’s three Libraries.

The Norwood Town Hall is currently being investigated as another potential location to offer free public Wi-Fi.

Council parks and other facilities will be added to the network in the future.

Related website section:

Our facilities

Smart irrigation in our parks and streets

The Council continues to install smart irrigation systems in local parks and reserves, which helps create cooler, greener and more sustainable places for us to live, visit and enjoy.

Smart irrigation systems work to reduce water consumption through the implementation of sensors to monitor soil moisture and weather patterns.

Smart irrigation has already been installed at Felixstow Reserve, Scott Street Reserve and Syd Jones Reserve.

A Bluetooth/battery irrigation controller was also installed in the median strip on The Parade, Norwood, which allows council staff to alter watering settings from the footpath via their phones.

Current and future upgrades, where landscaping is included, will also prioritise the provision for smart irrigation.

For example, the redevelopment of Burchell Reserve will incorporate smart irrigation and water sensitive urban design.

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Our Environment

Smart corporate energy actions

Solar panels cloudsThe Council has made a commitment to reduce the energy consumption of its buildings and infrastructure.

Smart energy actions implemented by the Council include:

  • installation of 66 kW solar panels and battery storage at the Norwood Town Hall
  • future budget provision to add solar panels and battery storage at other Council facilities
  • transition to LED lighting from mercury vapour street lights
  • introduced e-bikes for Staff to use
  • energy audits of key council assets and facilities.

For more information on the Council's energy actions, download:

Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan 2020-2030

Capturing tree canopy coverage using LiDAR technology

Regulated tree

In a first for metropolitan Adelaide, the Council collaborated with Adapting Northern Adelaide, Resilient South and AdaptWest to capture a baseline of tree canopy cover and height for all trees over three metres.  

Using LiDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) technology, high resolution, 3D tree data was captured by flying across the Adelaide region.

As we experience longer and hotter heatwaves, this data is critical to help the Council plan for trees in our backyards, streets and neighbourhoods.

Together with Resilient East, the Council is getting climate ready.

Find out more:

Resilient East

Heat Mapping using Aerial Thermal Sensing

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Heat mapping identifies the hottest areas across the Council, generally as a result of a reduced number of trees.

The high-resolution maps show where urban hot spots are located in relation to buildings, roads, trees and other vegetation.

The Council uses the heat maps to inform planning, tree planting and greening programs to create cooler more liveable places in our community.

Council’s Tree Strategy has used heat mapping technology to inform a number of policy outcomes such as hot spot areas – where trees are to be planted.

Related webpage:

Tree Strategy 2022–2027

Smart parking

Steet parking cars on roadThe Council partnered with eSMART21, to undertake a Smart Parking Pilot Project in the Council owned Webbe Street, Norwood car park.

The Project included the monitoring of six car parking bays with the Autofine Smart Parking and Management System to understand vehicle occupancy rates and overstays against the two hour parking time limit controls.

If fully implemented, the Smart Parking technology will lead to an increase in vehicle turn-over, which is a benefit to local businesses.

Related webpage:

Parking, Vehicles & Transport

Zero emission corporate vehicles

Community Bus DriverThe Council has transitioned the majority of its fleet of passenger vehicles to hybrid electric vehicles.

It is expected the Council’s entire fleet will transition to zero emissions by 2030.

For more information on the Council's energy actions, download:

Corporate Emissions Reduction Plan 2020-2030

To find out about more smart initiatives and projects, refer to page 13 of the Smart City Plan

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More information

For all Smart City related enquiries, contact the Smart City Steering Group

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