7 April 2016
Central and Local Government Work Together to Smarten up Wellington’s Roads
Wellington City Council and Land Information New Zealand are working together with NEC on a trial of new traffic
counting technology in Wellington City.
“”We are working with international technology company NEC to produce accurate counts of various modes of transport
including the direction of travel by cars, bikes, trucks and buses on our roads,” she says.
The Minister for Land Information, Hon Louise Upston, and the Mayor of Christchurch City, Leanne Dalziel, visited NEC’s
Wellington lab this week escorted by Mayor Wade-Brown, to view the Wellington traffic mode counting projects.
“These projects will give us better information about how our assets are being used and will lead to more efficient
asset management,” says Mayor Wade-Brown.
Council and Land Information NZ are also working with NEC on a Smart Backbone project to standardise and collect data
from different sensors across the city.
Mayor Wade-Brown says it is intended to make the data publically available once the projects have progressed beyond
proof of concept stage.
“We are also addressing the most efficient way to deploy sensors by installing sensing ‘hubs’ to reduce the cost and
time to connect new sensing equipment,” she says.
The sensors will collect anonymous data recognising only the shape difference between cars, trucks, bikes, and
“No identifying information will be collected,” she says, “We are simply counting different types of traffic crossing a
given intersection or piece of road. Our partners have committed to the privacy values New Zealanders hold dear,” she
NEC New Zealand Managing Director, Leonard Dench, says the sensing platform is a great example of New Zealand innovation
enabled by global support.
“The sensor hub is built in our Wellington lab and we are now adding that to the global offering with the support of NEC
group,” he says. “We’re proud to implement local innovations in Wellington to help improve city services, community
wellbeing and the environment.”
The projects are part of Land Information’s Smart Cities Programme, and involve Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
cities working on jointly funded sensing projects.
The Mayor and NEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in May 2014 focused on leveraging Wellington talent and NEC
global technology to facilitate Wellington’s Towards 2040: Smart Capital goals.