Landscaping irrigation is probably not something that immediately comes to mind as “innovative”. However, students of QUT (Queensland University of Technology) and the Economic Development Queensland innovation team decided to challenge this thought with the introduction of SMART Irrigation.

On 12 August, the two teams launched an initiative to pilot use of smart technology with Northshore Brisbane’s LoRaWAN Gateway to test effective management of The Lawn event space next to the tennis courts.

Why? As Queenslanders we have recently experienced the most severe droughts in recorded history. Water saving measures in many forms have become critical to managing public realm and while The Lawn is one of Northshore Brisbane’s smaller event spaces, it is perfect to test and prove a concept. The addition of moisture probes, sensors, a water meter, and the ability to use the existing weather station, allows measurements on feedback loops designed to maximise water efficiency, and increase the yield and performance of future parklands and public spaces. With proof of concept at The Lawn, the Northshore Brisbane team will not only endeavour to enhance water management and efficiency but will help ensure that the lush greenery and landscaping flourish even in the toughest climate.

Northshore Brisbane is proud to partner with QUT and their students on several projects across the precinct which will be featured in future news.