Kōtuitui Smart Poles

Category: Analytics & Insights, Liveable City, Real-time City

Visitors to Te Nukutai o Tapoa – Naval Point will benefit from a range of smart technologies as part of a two-year Christchurch City Council trial.

Two Kōtuitui Smart Poles, designed by Connetics, have been installed at the popular seaside recreation area.

‘Kōtuitui’ means to lace, interface, interlink and connect. The name represents the overarching goals of the trial; to improve connectivity in the community and encourage the public to be more engaged with smart technologies.

The poles are equipped with a range of smart features including a free Wi-Fi network, CCTV cameras linked to the police network, advanced lighting fixtures, pedestrian and vehicle counters, and speakers for public alerts.

The technology will help connect and support the local community, while gathering important insights for the Council to use for future planning and service improvements.

The trial will also test the technology’s capabilities and assess potential applications in other areas of Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. A similar trial is underway in Waitākiri Bottle Lake Forrest.

Free Wi-Fi network

Community-owned fibre broadband provider Enable has partnered with the Council to include a free Wi-Fi network as part of the Kōtuitui trial. This comes after the success of the Christchurch free Wi-Fi network in the central city.

To connect, select the network ‘Christchurch Free’ on your device, review the Terms & Conditions, and then select Get Online. It’s that easy! You don’t need to provide any details to connect.

More information can be found via Enable’s Help Centre.