INVEST in DIGITAL ECONOMY
Digital technology is not just changing the way we do things, it is changing what we do.
Southern Grampians Shire Council is constantly working to improve quality of life, prosperity and sustainability by using ground-breaking technology to optimise processes, proactively solve challenges, build intelligence and productivity, and facilitate proactive and meaningful engagement.
From free WiFi in all major townships to smart lighting, CCTV cameras in public places, parking sensors, a guided walking APP and the open source LoRaWAN sensor network facilitating advanced data collection, Greater Hamilton is a thriving Smart Connected Rural Community.
Weather Stations – Southern Grampians Shire Council has installed weather stations in all major townships to show live weather data (including rainfall) across the Shire. A live dashboard shows most recent readings around all the towns, as well as showing historical data.
Smart Parking – A number of car parks within the Hamilton CBD area have parking sensors installed to give an overall view of usage around the streets. Southern Grampians Shire Council’s Economic Development team is using this data to drive a CBD Revitalisation Project. Data has also been utilised by Victoria Police, and is also freely available via the SGSC Smart Community and Open Data Platform.
“We’ve been here for five generations farming sheep and cattle in a mixed grazing operation, and we’re always looking for technology improvements. Being able to operate the Farmo system on Greater Hamilton’s Lorawann network, gives us good coverage across the whole farm with very low operating costs.
Our grazing systems are getting more intensive, and tank monitoring technology allows us to get a good snapshot of where our water storages are at and also pick up any problems that might arise. The setup was very simple – a gateway was installed on top of our shearing shed which gave us good coverage across the whole farm, and then a simple monitoring device on top of each tank read back to our phone or pc.
The next step for us will be pump monitors, and we could branch further into soil moisture probes, temperature probes and weather stations – there’s plenty of options. I think systems like this give you major efficiency and as a farmer these days, efficiency is a major profit driver.” – CHARLIE BLACKWELL, COREA