Smart Beaches Project update: August

Above: Smart Bins at Shelly Beach

There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes with the project team of scientists, lifeguards, tech specialists and project managers working towards a summer deadline for the trial at select beaches in Lake Macquarie and on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The trial uses the latest technology to give lifeguards real time information on numbers of people on the beach and in the water, to track weather and surf conditions, to provide interactive warning signs for visitors and will even monitor amenities usage to boost cleaning schedules. 

Sensors are being used to help our lifeguards get an idea of visitor numbers – both during and outside patrol hours. Sensor locations have recently been identified on the trial beaches and will be installed by November. Over time the data collected by the sensors will be assessed and will help our Councils and lifeguards make decisions about patrol hours and staffing.

Also part of the project, two ‘smart’ bins were installed in August at Shelly Beach in Sydney. The bins contain solar powered hydraulic compactors to increase bin capacity and sensors to monitor fill levels. Existing bins at Shelly Beach will also have sensors installed to monitor fill levels. The data collected will allow Northern Beaches Council to better schedule rubbish collections over time.