Let there be light

Article image - Let there be light Smart lighting means wi-fi, smart parking, CCTV and electric vehicle charging on campus at The Mill.

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland, has announced a smart lighting and city network system to be delivered at The Mill, Moreton Bay.

Anchored by the new University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) Moreton Bay campus, The Mill at Moreton Bay Priority Development Area will deliver a world-class innovation and knowledge precinct adjacent to Petrie train station, and is expected to support 6,000 jobs, 10,000 university placements and $950 million in economic activity by 2036.

Innovation Spokesperson, Councillor Grimwade said the announcement would deliver approximately 40 street and public area lights in the first stage of The Mill development and additional lighting as future stages progress.

“Smart street lighting networks are considered foundational technology to supporting other smart city initiatives, and The Mill’s network will have the capability to host other innovative services such as wi-fi, smart parking sensors, CCTV and electric vehicle charging.

Councillor Denise Sims said with the ability to be controlled remotely based on weather conditions, or dim and brighten automatically via motion detectors, the software-controlled smart street lighting would reduce the overall electrical demand for the site and also improve community safety.

“Providing council with real-time communication of the lightings’ performance, this technology will also help to improve maintenance processes.”

Cr Grimwade said the smart lighting technology could also be rolled out across the region on new projects and upgrades once council develops its planning and policy framework for the use of the technology.

“The Mill will feature Queensland’s first new university campus in over two decades and will act as ground zero when it comes to government, business and industry implementing innovative technologies in the region.

“As a council and community we’ve made great strides in implementing innovative technologies, from the five-star green-star Corso at North Lakes to open data systems, and [this] announcement marks the next step in creating a smart region.”