Wollongong’s pioneering Digital Living Lab continues to receive recognition with two awards announced by the Committee for Sydney.

The Digital Living Lab has won the Best Community Initiative, while the Smart Pedestrian Project in partnership with Liverpool City Council, has won Best Local Government Initiative.

The second annual Committee for Sydney Smart City Awards were announced at a gala dinner at the Sofitel Darling Harbour on Wednesday night. Guests were joined by the independent judging panel, including The Hon. Victor Dominello MP, NSW Minister for Finance, Service and Property who also gave the opening address.

The awards are designed to provide a platform to celebrate projects that address the fundamental challenges faced by cities, governments, communities, industry and the ICT sector.

Senior Professor Pascal Perez, director of the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong, said the awards were a welcome recognition for the work of researchers and their partners in the community and local government.

“Smart cities are all about using technology to make the places where we spend our lives, more liveable,” Professor Perez said.

“I am delighted that these initiatives are receiving the recognition that they deserve.

“I would encourage anyone in the community who has an Internet of Things project to contact our team  to see how they can use the free LoRaWAN network that covers Wollongong from Thirroul in the north to Yallah in the south.”

The Wollongong Digital Living Lab is a public Internet of Things network across Wollongong using LoRaWAN technology. The network provides an open, free-to-air platform, accessible to the entire community to use for research and to test new ideas.

It already hosts a wide range of applications from a shark alert app for swimmers to a map for firefighters to find hydrants quickly in an emergency.

Liverpool City Council’s Smart Pedestrian Project is a ground-breaking initiative that will revolutionise urban design and traffic management in the city. Developed in collaboration with SMART researchers and industry partners, the project uses a combination of CCTV, image recognition, Wi-Fi and LPWAN technologies to collect real time volumes of pedestrian and vehicle traffic in Liverpool city centre.

The Committee for Sydney is an independent think tank and champion for the whole of Sydney, providing thought leadership beyond the electoral cycle. The Committee aims to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions that make Sydney a competitive, resilient and liveable global city.