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The Smart City program uses new technologies and data to solve city challenges.


Pedestrian Activity sensors 

This dataset contains real-time data from pedestrian activity sensors across the City of Perth LGA. 

Sensors send regular data using the LoRa network to a secure Data Lake which is connected to a range of dashboards.

Understanding pedestrian activity supports City Planning, Public Events, Business Investment Decisions, and Activation of public spaces. 

No personal data is collected or retained.  





Pedestrian Analysis Dashboard



Smart Irrigation

The City’s Smart Irrigation Central Control system uses soil moisture sensors and weather stations to keep our parks and gardens healthy and green. During rainfall events of more than 2mm the central control will automatically shut down all irrigation systems to conserve water.

Staff utilise a remote-control app to improve maintenance efficiency and can pause irrigation events or make changes to irrigation schedules after hours if needed for sporting or social events in our parks.

There are 106 smart irrigation controllers covering 120 hectares of parks and gardens. 

During the 2020/21 financial year 229,329,000 litres of water was conserved, or a 27% water saving in the City’s total groundwater budget. 

City of Perth and Total Eden staff at Langley Park - first irrigation controller installed


Weather Station

This data is used to adjust the City’s Smart Irrigation Control system.

Click below to see live data.

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Smart Street Lights

The City has installed Smart Light controllers in 4 trial locations.

The light controllers use the Secure LoRa network to send updates to a central controller.  The control system sends adjustments to brightness and timings back to the street lights.

This allows City engineers to increase or decrease light levels to suit each locations needs.

Each Smart Light controller saves 35% power, or around 900g of CO2 per light per year.

Smart lights are safer, as they automatically adjust to changing sunrise and sunset through the year.

Globes controlled by Smart controllers last 20% longer.

Water Efficiency

The City uses live sensors to monitor 47% of Council owned buildings drinking water.

Sensors use the LoRa network to send updates to a secure data base.

The Database is linked to live dashboards and analytics tools so City engineers can identify opportunities to improve drinking water consumption.

Electricity Efficiency

The City uses sensors to monitor live electricity use at several large Council owned buildings.

Sensors use the LoRa network to send updates to a secure data base.

Our Dashboard allows us to identify opportunities for improving electricity use.


Solar Power

The City currently operates three Photovoltaic (PV) systems on Council buildings totaling 155 kW of installed power generation.

In March 2023 our largest PV system on top of Pier St carpark went online. This system includes three batteries for energy storage and two solar powered electric vehicle charging stations.

The Pier St system is rated at 99 kW, with 40 kW hours of storage.

Each year the Pier St system will save an estimated 14 tonnes of CO2 per year. Depending on the time of year live data shows system is producing between 35-50% of the energy used at this location.

The chart below shows live data for all three locations. 





Smart Bus Stops 

Selected high volume bus-stops have been upgraded with a digital display showing the next bus arriving.

Live GPS data from the bus enables real time updates.

Visually impaired patrons can press the blue button and the Smart Bus stop will read aloud the next bus arriving.

The system includes trial of solar and battery powered options to reduce emissions.


Smart Bins 

The City has installed small bin level sensors at targeted bins throughout the City.

These sensors send live data using the LoRa network to our operations team.

This enables us to identify bins that have filled more quickly than usual.

We can also identify bins that don't need servicing, saving time and vehicle fuel.


Citizen Science Program

As part of the City of Perth Smart City's program it has engaged with citizen scientists and innovators to use the Internet of Things or IoT.

The Internet of Things are physical devices with sensors, software and the ability to exchange data over the internet.

The City provides all three elements;

  • Sensors: The city has provided environmental sensors in Schools, Universities and in city Parks.
  • Data network: The free public LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) allows anyone to connect their sensor or device to the IoT and internet.
  • Software: On this page there are several examples of dashboards showing IoT data from City devices.

Through this program the city intends to foster innovation and understanding of the productive use of this fast growing technology.


Free Public WiFi

The City of Perth recognises that internet access is of growing importance in the digital age.

Free public WiFi is provided through 135 sites at popular commercial, tourism and cultural locations within the City of Perth.

Coverage includes: the CBD, East Perth (Claisebrook Cove), Northbridge, and Wellington Square Park.

The 'Perth WiFi' network provides blanket coverage, so once you are connected you can roam between locations.

Community Collaboration 

The City of Perth is an active participant in the following Smart Cities Organisations.

  • Australian Smart Communities Association.
  • Australia & New Zealand - Smart Cities Council.
  • Internet of Things Association - Australia.
  • Committee for Economic Development Australia.

RAC Air Health Monitor

The RAC Air Health Monitor is powered by a network of up to 200 sensors, along with input from real-time traffic emissions, meteorology and industrial activity which provides air quality data to the Perth and Peel community about the air they breathe, and the impact vehicle emissions have on their everyday lives. 

In 2023 The City of Perth partnered with RAC to host sensors within the City of Perth local government area.  
The City of Perth has been using its own separate sensors to capture and publish air quality data since 2019.

Air Quality - history


Public IoT LoRa Network

The City of Perth provides a free public Long Range (LoRa) Network service.

The City of Perth was the first major Australian City to provide public dual band to support both AU915 and AS923. Any Innovator, citizen scientist, resident, community group or businesses, can use LoRa to connect to the “Internet of Things” or IoT. 


What is LoRa?
LoRa is a network will receive and forward messages for devices to and from the internet.

What types of devices can I use?
Anyone with LoRa compatible AU915 devices can use the City’s LoRa network.

What does it cost the user?

Do I need to register or apply?

How many gateways does the City of Perth provide?
12 Dual Band gateways are permanently installed on high points across the City of Perth Local Government Area.

What is the network coverage?
Approximately 350 square km.

What is the maximum range from a Gateway to a Sensor?
We regularly see activity from sensors 20km away.

What is the role of The Things Network (TTN)?
TTN is a free global open LoRa Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) server provider where you can register your LoRa devices to start logging data from your sensors. TTN is a community based organisation and provides information and forums to get you started with LoRa technology to become actively involved in the “Internet of Things”.


  • Privacy Statement


    This statement sets out information relating to the privacy and protection of personal information on the Open Data Portal or "Portal" (

    Information We Collect

    Personal Information
    If you provide feedback about the Portal the personal information that you provide will be collected, including first and last name, email and organisation. We use this information to help you use the Portal and to capture data for our analysis. If you are a registered account user we will recognise your individual usage of the Portal. The City of Perth (“We” or “Us”) will never disclose your personal information to any third party without your consent, unless required to do so by law.

    Portal Usage Information
    We will record user visits and log the following information for analysis purposes:

    •  Your IP address.
    • Your top level domain name (for example, .com, .net, .gov).
    • The date and time of your visit to the site.
    • The pages accessed and documents downloaded.
    • Time spent on individual pages.
    • Time spent overall on the site.

    The information collected will be de-personalised, and no attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities unless required by law, whereby a law enforcement agency may exercise a warrant to inspect our service provider logs. All data we collect will be stored in Australia.

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    We ensure all reasonable measures are taken to protect your information. However, you should note there are inherent risks associated with the transmission of information via the internet. Therefore, you should make your own assessment of the potential risks to the security of your information when making a decision as to whether or not to utilise the Portal.

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    In the case where we are unable to provide you with access to personal information, we will explain why. All requests for access to personal information will be dealt with in a reasonable timeframe.

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  • Terms and Conditions


    This Open Data Portal (the “Portal") is provided by the City of Perth (“We” or “Us”). While we have taken all due care to ensure the data on this Portal is accurate, current and available, there may be errors or omissions and occasions where the data is not available and/or the Portal is not available.

    The City of Perth, its directors, servants, employees or agents deny any responsibility for any loss or damage (including, but not limited to, loss or damage caused by reason of any negligence on the part of the City of Perth, its servants, agents, employees or directors) to the users of the Portal whether caused by reason of any error, omission or misrepresentation in the data or otherwise. Users of this Portal will be, and are responsible for making their own assessment of the data.

    The information and data on this Portal is subject to change without notice.

    Registered User Accounts
    As a registered account user you have provided consent to the City of Perth to enable usage of the Portal on an individual basis. You agree that:

    • you are individually responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password and account.
    • you are individually responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.
    • you must immediately notify us of any unauthorised use of your password or account or any other breach of security.
    • any accounts that have been inactive for an extended period of time may be permanently deleted without notice, including any files or content. remaining on the account.
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    •  technical processing of the Portal and transmission of content, including individual user content, may involve various networks. Content may be translated to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.

    With the exception of the trademarks, service marks, patents and where otherwise noted, material presented on is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution licence.
    Where specific licence terms (such as Creative Commons) are applied to pages of this Portal, or to any data, material or products on this Portal, those licence terms shall prevail over any inconsistent provisions in this statement.

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    Please note that the Portal contains some links to external web sites because they contain material related to the City of Perth or reference to external sources. When a user has clicked on a link to another site, they leave the Portal and are no longer protected by these conditions.

    The City of Perth takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of any information included in external websites. These external information sources are outside the control of the City of Perth and it is the responsibility of all internet users to make their own decisions about the accuracy, reliability and correctness of information found on those external internet links.

  • About

    What is the Open Data Portal?
    The City of Perth Open Data Portal will provide a platform for data sharing and collaboration for a range of users including citizen scientists, the public sector (such as other local government authorities), commercial and retail businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators, residents and community groups.

    Why open data?
    The City of Perth collects a variety of information about its services, utilities and assets. By making this data publicly available it is envisaged that it can be used to generate insight, ideas and opportunities that will lead to benefits for the city as it continues to grow as a vibrant place to work, live and visit.

    How could this data potentially be used?
    The data could be used for any purpose such as for public awareness, to blend with other data for analysis or modelling, to load into an application for business use or to support ideas and innovation.

    Our Aim
    Our aim is to publish non-sensitive council data online that relates to key aspects of living and working in the City – environmental, safety, social and economic, and in doing so will increase transparency, improve public services and support social and economic initiatives.

  • FAQs

    What is open data?
    Open data is publicly available data collected by the city through its routine business activities and made available for public use. It does not include private or confidential data about individuals.

    What are the licensing arrangements for Open Data, and are there any restrictions on how I can use it?
    Data is published under the Creative Commons Attribution license which states that you can copy, redistribute, and use the material for any purpose, provided you give appropriate credit to the original creator and the sources linked to.

    What kind of data does City of Perth publish Open Data Portal?
    We will continue to add datasets collected from a wide variety of sources in relation to the City of Perth including the environment, economy, recreation, safety, culture, transportation, planning, utilities and services.

    How frequently is the data updated?
    You can find the frequency of when the data will be published in the additional information section of each each dataset.

    Who can use the datasets?
    The data is published for everyone to use under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

    Can I comment on published datasets?
    Yes. Comments on datasets can be posted by registered users in the collaboration spaces.

    How do I participate in collaboration spaces?
    Anyone can read discussions in the collaboration spaces. However, you will need to register to participate in collaboration space discussions.
    To register, simply submit your name and email.

    How do we submit feedback or report data related issues?
    You can send any feedback, enquiries, suggestions for new datasets or support requests to

  • Projects
    City of Perth LoRaWAN
    The ingredients for #smartcity at #CityofPerth. #iot #opendata #lorawan #industry40 #perth Tom Zorde #DigitalEconomy
    13.6 million LoRa messages delivered through #cityofperth LoRaWAN since April 2019.

    Smart Irrigation
    City of Perth discusses its successful Smart Irrigation rollout.
    #perth #smartcities #SmartCitiesWeek #SmartCitiesWeek2019 #watersolutions #innovation
    #sustainability #smartcity #irrigation #cityofperth #iot #iotdevices

    Citizen Science Program
    City of Perth discusses its successful Citizen Science program.

    Special thanks to the school teachers and tertiary educators who made this possible.
    Your passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths is preparing the next generation for the IoT Age.

    #perth #citizenscience #stem #smartcities #innovation
    #sustainability #smartcity #cityofperth #iot #iotdevices #SmartCitiesWeek #piot #SmartCitiesWeek2019 #environmentalhealth #airquality #lorawan 

    Smart Lights
    City of Perth shares Smart lighting insights.

    #cityofperth #perth #smartcities #smartlighting #co2reduction #SmartCitiesWeek #energyefficiency #SmartCitiesWeek2019 #iot #iotdevices #innovation #sustainability #smartcity