The Morrison Government’s commitment to getting people home sooner and safer continues with the launch of the next phase of the City of Perth’s Smart Cities program with the implementation of CCTV data and analytics, smart irrigation technology and smart lighting.

A $1.3 million grant from the Morrison Government under Round One of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program matched by the City of Perth provided the opportunity for the rollout of smart safety features.

In addition to the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, this launch builds on the Morrison Government’s recent expansion of the Safer Communities Fund with an additional $20 million to put safety first. There have already been 340 grants that have put CCTV in crime hotspots, strengthened security at schools and supported other crime prevention.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said, “The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is increasing the take-up of smart technology across Australia, encouraging collaboration across all levels of government to improve urban liveability and often improve public safety.”

“A suite of initiatives will be implemented including a trial of a CCTV data and analytics program in East Perth to support authorities in locating missing people, people of interest, unattended bags and future city planning, as well as initiatives to improve irrigation management and improve public lighting.”

Senator for Western Australia Mathias Cormann said the smart irrigation aspect of the project would benefit the environment, replacing traditional irrigation controllers with ’smart’ controllers that communicate directly to a central control management system.

“The new irrigation management system uses local weather stations across the city to gather data including temperature, humidity, rainfall and wind speed to enable calculation of how much water has evaporated from the city’s greenspaces,” Senator Cormann said.

“This system enables the irrigation to be automatically adjusted to meet the watering requirements for each park to ensure the city’s water use is more efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly.”

Jim Grayden, Candidate for Perth said “using smart technology to assist with keeping the people of Perth safe is exciting and will pave the way for future innovation in this city. As someone who works in small business, I understand that they face and the importance of ensuring customers safety.”

City of Perth Deputy Chair Commissioner Gaye McMath said the new CCTV technology, including facial recognition software, would only be utilised upon request from a lawful authority and no database would be kept or linked in to by the City of Perth.

“The software enhances the efficiencies of existing safety and security measures, which is in line with community expectations,” Deputy Chair Commissioner McMath said.

“The CCTV data and analytics project coincides with the installation of smart lighting in the East Perth precinct, which can be remotely adjusted where required to further enhance safety around the Matagarup Bridge and Optus Stadium on event days, particularly at night.”

The projects were funded through the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, with the Australian Government committing $1.3 million and City of Perth committing an equal amount.

For more about the Australian Government Smart Cities and Suburbs program.