IoT accelerator packs will provide access to real-time data insights on waste management, air quality, social housing solutions, building health and water monitoring capabilities.
Six Scottish local authorities alongside several companies and an education institution are set to participate in an internet of things (IoT) trial which has the potential to transform the experience of people who live within communities across the country.
The “IoT accelerator packs” are being supplied by North, a UK-based IoT service and solutions provider.
The packs will provide access to real-time data insights on waste management, air quality, social housing solutions, building health and water monitoring capabilities.
According to North, if used in the right way, they have the potential to transform the ways in which local communities live and work and can deliver a wide range of societal and economic benefits.
With access to the Scottish Government-backed national internet of things network, IoT Scotland, and funded IoT accelerator packs, the organisations involved can investigate and evaluate the power of IoT technology. Scotrail, Blackwood Homes and Care, and Borders College are taking part in the trial alongside the following:
- Aberdeen City Council
- Angus Council
- East Renfrewshire Council
- City of Edinburgh Council
- Fife Council
- Highland Council.
Working closely with each organisation, North determined the services which would most benefit from smart solutions. Comprising of sensors and the back-end services required to deploy the selected pack, the IoT accelerator packs are accompanied with professional services to facilitate the roll-out. The North team will then evaluate and capture feedback, with deployment and support fully funded by the provider.
“These innovative accelerator packs have been designed to help organisations explore internet of things solutions which can deliver sustainable social and economic benefits for local communities”
Fife Council has selected intelligent waste management technology. This will help to reduce its carbon footprint and operational costs using data to monitor smart bins, which align waste collection frequency with demand, significantly reducing costs and emissions.
Scotrail, Edinburgh city, Angus and East Renfrewshire Council will have the ability to measure air quality within train stations, council buildings or across a busy town centre, measuring and reporting on temperature, humidity and pressure, alongside primary air pollutants. Allowing for environmental teams to access and collate measurements in real-time more easily and frequently than traditional manual processes