Testing Smart City IoT Sensors

Through testing smart city IoT sensors, our team saved the City of Newcastle over $100 000.00 by uncovering hidden, hard to detect problems with the devices they wanted to deploy throughout the city.

Testing smart city iot sensors

Who Was Our Client?

City of Newcastle is a local government authority in NSW, Australia. Council employees over 900 staff helping residents and visitors live, work and play in Newcastle. Newcastle has six beaches, two ocean baths, five inland pools, 630km of footpaths, 350 parks and fields, 118 playgrounds, 634 buildings and structures, 798.5km of roads and plenty more. Council also manages Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum, Civic Theatre and nine branch libraries.

What Was The Problem?

As an innovative smart city, the City of Newcastle has implemented several initiatives leveraging the latest IoT technology to improve how the city operates. The City of Newcastle engaged our team at SAPHI when they were looking to procure a large volume of sensors from a national provider. They needed a specialist team with the domain knowledge and expertise to configure and test these devices to ensure they met the specifications they claimed before purchasing.

What Was The Solution?

As specialists in both hardware and software and with close relationships with local government, we are a trusted source for testing smart city IoT sensors. Our team conducted a series of experiments following strict protocols to rigorously test the reliability and functionality of each device type before compiling the information into a formal report for the council’s review.

Results from testing indicated that 50% of the devices failed to live up to expectations. Our findings saved the council over $100 000.00, which was then reallocated to activities that benefited the city.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • $100 000.00 saved 
  • Additional expenditure savings for labour required to deploy the sensors

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech stack and experience required for the testing included:

    • Scientific testing methodology 
    • Hardware configuration

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