Newcastle City Council unveil 'Smart City' signs designed at ResTech

On May 28, 2018 Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes and Councillor Peta Winney unveiled the first of many dual language signs to support the integration of smart city technology across Newcastle. 

ResTech was recently involved in a Hunter-based innovation as one R&D partner with the City of Newcastle for the Aboriginal Dual Naming ‘Smart City’ cultural trail project, led by the Council’s Guraki Aboriginal Advisory Committee.

Supported by research with linguists and local Aboriginal communities, place name spellings and pronunciations were established so ResTech could incorporate the language elements into the sign’s hardware design, development and fabrication. The signs will be showcased as examples of smart city technology through the augmented reality program that will be launched by the Council during NAIDOC Week in July 2018.

Showcasing the indigenous language of the Worimi and Awabakal people, the signs are part of a larger dual naming project backed by Newcastle City Council in prominent landmarks to create a a cultural signage trail across the city. The innovative smart city technology solution includes solar panels, wave finders, audio exciters and the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to capture data around the number of visitors to the sign and how many people have heard a native speaker say the place name.

ResTech were heavily involved in the project from initial rapid prototyping and design through the fabrication of the finished product.

To find out more about Newcastle City Council's indigenous trail click here.