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Smart Connectivity connects the community together through networks and information, to enable the flow of data in real time to share information and stories digitally.

Investment includes:

  • Smart poles installed in CBD, Beresfield and when upgrading local centres to improve amenity by:
    • Providing access to free Wi-Fi.
    • Access to real time environmental monitoring data to help determine our city’s environmental quality, such as soil moisture, air quality and pollution monitoring.
    • Easy connection to power for street activations.
    • Efficient street lighting.
  • Free public Wi-Fi available in Council owned cultural facilities and public buildings. To log on to the free high speed Wi-Fi network, look for ‘City of Newcastle free Wi-Fi’ in your network settings. No password is required.
  • Cutting-edge technology like Augmented Reality (AR) to connect the current City landscape with historical indigenous sites and other cultural stories.
  • Virtual Reality of our Art Gallery so that rare and fragile artworks can be made available via VR from our home.
  • Establishment of an Internet of Things (IoT) Sensor Lab with local industrial designers and technologists to create an integrated product that provides sensor access to the City Centre.
  • A City App to make information available such as What’s on, walking trials, information of facilities available in our parks and augmented reality experiences.
  • A Digital Library. Meet Pepper the dancing robot and see books come to life inside the Magic Box. Explore the five-metre digital Storywall to discover Newcastle’s heritage, history and top 10 things to do, or use the interactive tables to browse newspapers, magazines, games and storystomp collections.

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