Georges River Council is taking the wrappers off integrated smart city technologies - including the rollout of IT-enabled ChillOUT hubs and furniture sensors - in a bid to \u201ccontinue to innovate\u201d, according to Mayor Kevin Greene.\n\u201cThis is a great win for council after the successful rollout of the Smart Social Spaces Project as part of the Round 1 program last year,\u201d said Mayor Greene. \nCouncil was awarded $380,507 in funding under Round 2 of the Australian Government\u2019s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.\n\n\u201cThe project will include installation of Smart Street Furniture at three outdoor locations across Georges River town centres to create ChillOUT hubs for residents, workers and visitors alike. The IT-enabled spaces will feature solar-powered charging points and environmental sensors to capture urban heat data.\n\n\u201cAs technology becomes more integrated into our lives, it\u2019s important for councils to\nharness new technologies to better serve the needs of their communities and\nimprove services.\n\n\u201cSensors on smart furniture installed in Round 1 will enable us to access information\non the daily use of public spaces and obtain data for more efficient maintenance\nand waste services.\nMayor Greene said he looks forward to building on council\u2019s partnerships with the University of\nNew South Wales and Street Furniture Australia. \nMeanwhile, University of New South Wales associate professor, Nancy Marshall, said the data collected from the ChillOUT hubs, in particular, will help guide council decisions around the use of public space. \n\u201cThe project will measure urban heat microclimates at the ChillOUT hubs, to monitor the use of public space and how people experience the urban climate.\n\n\u201cThis data will be linked into the Council\u2019s \u2018Smart City Management System\u2019 to help inform decisions about future open space design and public infrastructure management.\u201d\n\nGeorges River Council was formed three years ago after the amalgamation of Hurstville and Kogarah.