Geelong's new nodes are a smart idea

Geelong’s first Smart Nodes – high-tech replacements for streetlight poles – were officially switched on today at a launch event on the city’s waterfront.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new Smart Nodes were an exciting example of how innovative technology can be integrated into public infrastructure.

“The Smart Nodes feature energy-efficient LED lights, free public Wi-Fi, USB charging facilities and digital signage,” Minister Tudge said.

“The Smart Nodes will also provide data on the use of public spaces and parking spots, which will feed into evidence-based policies and town planning.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said Geelong was the first city in Victoria to install Smart Nodes.

“These Smart Nodes replace outdated and disconnected streetlight poles – the design, which houses the technology within the pole, ensures the nodes blend in rather than stand out,” Senator Henderson said.

“The new Smart Nodes preserve the appeal of Geelong’s public spaces, while also providing the community with clever, creative technology and improved service delivery through data-driven decision-making.”

City of Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher said the Smart Nodes helped to meet the city’s vision of becoming leaders in developing and adopting technology.

“The new Smart Nodes’ clever design and game-changing technology support Geelong’s global recognition as a UNESCO City of Design,” Cr Asher said.

“They are a great example of Geelong’s commitment to use creativity to build a more sustainable, resilient and inclusive community.”

Geelong Councillor Trent Sullivan said the technology was fully adaptable and could be changed over time to meet the future needs of the community.

“Geelong is on its way to becoming a leader in adopting smart technology, thanks to the installation of these new Smart Nodes,” Cr Sullivan said.

“The new technology provides greater connectivity for the community, whilst also helping maintain our beautiful waterfront and keeping energy costs low.”

The creator of the Smart Node technology, ENE.HUB, was awarded the Good Design Award in 2017 for outstanding design and functionality in the category of hardware and building.

ENE.HUB is a winner of multiple design accolades, having also won a 2018 Smart City Award for its Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens ‘Connected Gardens’ project.

Geelong’s Smart Nodes project received funding of $415,000 through the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.