Oaklands Smart Precinct


City of Marion

Oaklands Park, South Australia

Project stage

In progress


Start date: 19 November 2018
End date: 30 June 2020

Project value

Australian Government funding:


  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Juniper Business Solutions

Focus area

  • Facility and services management (buildings
  • energy
  • waste
  • utilities)

Project type

  • Smart lighting
  • Community engagement
  • Visitor experience
  • Public safety
  • Active lifestyle/mobility
  • Smart parking
  • People movement

Technology type

  • Internet of Things
  • CCTV
  • Network infrastructure
  • Data Management (Data platform, open data, data privacy and security, blockchains, standards)
  • Hardware
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Smart poles
  • IT systems (interoperability)

Project summary

The ‘Oaklands Smart Precinct’ proposal sets out a unique opportunity to use technology, collaboration and community and business leadership to transform the community and city directly within the Oaklands Precinct development, across neighbouring areas, and develop a scalable, replicable precinct model for application across the Southern Adelaide region. The platform for the project’s success is the leadership, expertise, and advocacy of the ‘Smart South’ consortium, an Australian-first Smart Cities initiative being developed across multiple levels of government, industry, and the research and education sectors.

The challenge

This smart precinct project focuses on understanding current and potential problems and opportunities, to maximise the benefits to the local neighbourhood, visitors and significant numbers of passing commuters.


Through key infrastructure elements of the precinct, the design of the public realm, with the inclusion of valuable technology elements will seek to improve the experience of the local community and visitors through increased connectivity and liveability.


1. Address known problems through providing real-time information in the precinct using sensor technology and interactive digital tools (e.g. apps) including:

  • Parking and traffic congestion and access issues
  • Improve connectivity between the railway station and nearby destinations including local shops, surrounding suburbs including Warradale, Dwyer Road reserve and playground, SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Marion Cultural Centre and Westfield Marion
  • Public safety.

2. Enhance the experience of users and visitors in the precinct through Providing technology and data gathering infrastructure including:

  • Lighting
  • CCTV
  • Wi-Fi
  • charging stations
  • play equipment
  • wayfinding information.

3. Proactively monitoring and delivering efficient and effective asset management.

4. Support economic activation of the area through the promotion and marketing of services and events of the City of Marion and nearby local business, research and education facilities, and other stakeholders including not-for-profit and community organisations.

5. Develop a collaborative approach between Council, businesses and educational/research institutions to share expertise and anonymous datasets and information to make informed decisions on community services and outcomes.

6. Testing a scalable and replicable precinct approach that can be applied through the Southern Region.

7. Future proof the precinct to augment the liveability and connectivity into the future.

Contact details

Name: Georgie Johnson
Phone: 08 8375 6679
Email: georgie.johnson@marion.sa.gov.au