Monitoring movement across our City

We've installed traffic and visitation sensors to monitor movement across our venues, open spaces and busy transport network.

Traffic and pedestrian monitoring

Traffic and pedestrian sensors are located in the following high-traffic areas:

  • Chapel Street, Prahran
  • Commercial Road, Prahran
  • High Street, Prahran
  • High Street, Malvern
  • Kingsway, Armadale
  • Toorak Road, South Yarra
  • Toorak Road, Toorak.

These sensors are able to count the number, volume and speed of vehicles, including:

  • pedestrians
  • bicycles
  • motor vehicles
  • trams
  • mobility aids on footpaths.

The near real-time data generated from these sensors is used to optimise traffic flow, reduce congestion, and improve road safety for pedestrians and other road users.

Visitation monitoring

Visitation sensors are installed at the following locations:

  • Function on Chapel
  • Prahran Square
  • Malvern Library
  • Phoenix Park Library
  • Toorak/South Yarra Library
  • Prahran Square Library
  • the History Centre
  • Thomas Oval Dog Park
  • Daly Street walkway, South Yarra
  • Phoenix Park Community Centre
  • Stonnington Sports Centre.

These sensors provide us with accurate visitation numbers at key venues and public spaces in the City.

What sensors are used?

We use two types of sensors:

  • motion sensors to track movement in parks and open spaces
  • Object detection sensors to track movement at key Council buildings and across our transport network.

How do sensors benefit our community?

We'll use this information to decide where we control or separate traffic to improve safety. The information is particularly relevant for cyclists and pedestrians. Safer and more sustainable transport options will also improve the well-being of our community.

Establishing data on the usage of walkways, bike tracks, roads and public spaces enables Council to make more informed planning decisions.

For example, the Chapel Street Transformation Project will use pedestrian data to understand how the precinct is recovering from the pandemic. The Department of Transport will also use the data to inform where to place better pedestrian crossing controls.

What data is collected?

Visit our Smart City data collection and privacy page for more information.