Christchurch joins LINZ’s Smart City coalition

29 January 2016

LINZ’s work to improve the quality of life in our cities has gained a significant partner.

LINZ’s work to improve the quality of life in our cities has gained a significant partner.

This week, Christchurch City Council joined LINZ’s Smart City coalition, in addition to Wellington and Auckland. The three cities are trialling new technology to gather real-time data on how the cities are functioning. That work, coordinated and funded by LINZ, is called Smart Cities – Smart Nation.

“Overseas, smart sensors are used to detect everything from traffic to pollution to disturbances in the street. However, it’s relatively new in New Zealand,” says Smart Cities Project Director Haydn Read.

“For example, using smart sensors enables organisations like councils to look at the life span and use of assets and plan when to repair or replace them.  The sensors can be used to monitor traffic and pedestrian movements so the councils can decide how to do the work in the least disruptive way.  Ultimately, this type of technology can save rate and tax payers money.” 

LINZ is working alongside the three councils to support their trials, and gather information about the successes and issues. With that information, LINZ will work out a nation-wide approach to use smart technologies and geographic information to improve life in our cities.

Wellington City Council has done the most work in this space so far. One example is the Living Lab in Cuba Mall which uses audio and visual sensors to monitor the area and report any issues – like broken glass, or screaming – directly to police or emergency services.

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