Smart Cities, Smart Liverpool, Smart Pedestrian Project
Thousands of people walk through Liverpool’s City Centre every day and, through the Smart Pedestrian Project, the paths they take will help shape the city’s future.
Liverpool City Council will count pedestrian and vehicle movements around the city centre, collecting data from smart devices and camera-counting technology. The data will be stripped of any identification and relayed and collected for analysis by researchers from University of Wollongong.
Council will then use this data to inform planning decisions and respond to the rising number of residents and workers making their way around the city centre every day.
Council secured an Australian Government Smart Cities and Suburbs grant to jointly fund the project.
Council is working with IT Integration Company Meshed and the University of Wollongong to deliver the technology. Meshed will supply the network and develop a wi-fi smart device counter. The university will develop the people-counting technology and data analysis.
Sensors placed in key locations around Liverpool City Centre will connect through a Low Power Wide Area Network or LoRaWAN.
LoRaWAN is a low-cost network that connects wireless battery operated devices across a wide area. It operates on low bandwidth, meaning it can only transmit small packets of data but its low power consumption allows extremely long battery life.
This makes it ideal for collecting data, such as pedestrian and vehicle movements or air quality.
Council will provide opportunities for community engagement throughout the project. Community workshops were held in April 2018. Further opportunities are anticipated in 2018.
The project will conclude by March 2019.