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Oaklands Smart Precinct

The City of Marion has been successful in matched funding for a “Smart Precinct Proposal” at Oaklands through the Federal Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Round 2. The Australian Government funding will support the smart precinct proposal that will provide innovative solutions using technology and data that will identify opportunities for service delivery efficiencies that can be scaled and replicated in other precincts.

Through key infrastructure elements of the precinct, the design of the public realm we will seek to improve the experience of the local community and visitors’ through increased connectivity and liveability.

The Oaklands Precinct proposal incorporates three key elements; building on the foundation of the Metrics that Matter project (Data Platform), a Park and Precinct infrastructure upgrade and the Smart South Consortium.

Data Platform

Metrics that Matter is a data platform solution that will facilitate information stored in disparate ICT systems and spreadsheets. Recognising that data is a valued asset for the City of Marion, will provide opportunities to enhance service delivery through improved data accessibility, reportability, visibility and analysis of real-time data.

The data platform will ensure the data generated from the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors installed at Oaklands will be used to support and inform decision making for improved service delivery and allow for the future provision of open data for the community, businesses and other government bodies.

Oaklands Precinct Upgrade

The Oaklands Precinct will increase community safety and liveability through the Internet of Things (IoT) sensors

The design may include:

  • Smart Plaza - furniture with device charging, Basketball area, Public Wi-Fi, Digital Wayfinding, BBQ & waste solutions
  • Smart Playground Equipment - integrated with technology children can interact with and provide utilisation data.
  • Nature Play
  • Running Track
  • Connectivity to south through to Marion Cultural Centre, State Aquatic and Leisure Centre and Westfield Marion (Marion Regional Centre)
  • Connection to north through train station plaza’s with facilities for bike storage, toilet, and acess to local shops and Warradale

Other technologies that may be included are:

  • Pedestrian movement
  • Smart Lighting - allowing for motion activation improving efficiency
  • Parking technology solution - addressing residents, commuters and visitor requirements
  • Irrigation - connecting to the city's smart control system

Oaklands Precinct will be a testbed for the City of Marion to trial if the inclusion of technology can improve service delivery through efficiency and data.

Smart South Consortium

Established through grant funding from the Department for Innovation and Skills through the Southern Adelaide Economic Development Board. The Smart South Consortium seeks to position Southern Adelaide as a ‘Smart Region’ that fosters creative thinking, emergent technology, interactive data capture and innovative use of resources for the benefit of the community. To bring together multiple partners and governments at all levels to provide better outcomes for the community. A smart region allows people to flourish supported by optimised infrastructure, information, and resources.

A Working Group was established in May 2018 to initiate discussions amongst key stakeholders representing industry, Education and Government on the concept of a smart region and opportunities for collaborative partnerships on smart projects. It is proposed that the working group continue to be a key ‘testing’ group to support the development of a model, principles, legal framework etc for the Smart South Consortium.

Founding Members

  • City of Marion
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Flinders University
  • SAGE Automation
  • Renewal SA - Tonsley

The consortium engaged a group of masters students from Flinders University to create an Ecosystem of the current state of play amongst Councils and the Innovation Precincts in South Australia.
The students identified five key areas that consortium could focus on:

  • Traffic Management
  • Waste Management
  • Smart Parking
  • Public Safety
  • Modern Aging

For further information contact

Georgie Johnson
Smart Cities Project Officer