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Aberdeenshire Council will trial six smart technologies in partnership with North that will provide access to real-time data insights in areas such as air quality, buildings, social housing, water monitoring and waste.

A new project will see Aberdeenshire Council trial six smart technologies in partnership with IoT and solutions provider North, as part of the company’s IoT Accelerator Pack programme.

The pilots will provide the Scottish council with access to real-time data insights on building health, social housing, water monitoring, waste management, air quality, and road surface temperature monitoring – allowing it to make more informed decisions that will benefit local communities.

Net zero commitments

The Accelerator Packs are being rolled out to 12 towns across Aberdeenshire, including Westhill, Ellon and Stonehaven allowing the council to explore reductions across cost and energy consumption, while improving operational efficiencies and reducing carbon footprint, in support of the council’s net zero commitments.

“Our Digital Strategy 2020-2025 set out our priorities and commitments to optimising digital technology to improve our organisation, enable economic growth, support the environment and benefit citizens and communities,” said Philip McKay, project sponsor at Aberdeenshire Council.

“The North IoT Accelerator Packs presented us with the ideal opportunity to test and evaluate smart technologies that could potentially transform council services on a small scale, before committing to large scale investment. We are excited about the results these pilots could potentially deliver.”

As part of the project, smart solutions will see five road temperature sensors installed across the region, increasing the council’s ability to make more informed decisions, such as when to dispatch gritters, reducing emissions generated by extra trips, while smart waste management solutions will detect fill levels across a mix of 50 litter and grit bins to predict usage trends, allowing opportunities to identify more efficient collection routes and dates.

In addition, 15 air quality sensors will measure factors such as primary air pollutants, temperature, and humidity in real-time, meaning the council can determine trends across Aberdeenshire, which can then be used to shape policy and decision-making as well as improving health and wellbeing for those who live and work in the region.

Several of the sensors will monitor air quality outside schools to determine the impact of vehicles when children are entering and leaving, while the council will also monitor the health of multiple schools across the council area, remotely measuring CO2 and humidity levels in place of current manual readings to improve efficiency.

Some 13 Aberdeenshire Council tenants and one Sheltered Housing scheme are also set to see benefits from intelligent housing technology which will give real-time insights into property health and condition. This will involve measuring temperature and humidity to proactively identify potential damp issues, allowing providers to fix any issues in advance, with a view to reducing maintenance costs and better supporting tenants.

Water system conditions

Further sensors will be deployed across two schools and a care home to monitor water system conditions and water health, while ensuring ongoing compliance. The trial will allow potential efficiencies to be identified, such as reducing the need for employees to travel to check water outlets, making better use of resources.

Using the results, trends and efficiencies from the trials, the council aims to create business cases for future investments and evaluate how it can digitally transform services to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

North said it is working with councils and organisations across Scotland, giving access to its IoT Accelerator Packs through trial projects. With access to the Scottish Government-backed national internet of things network, IoT Scotland, – also hosted by North – organisations involved can investigate and evaluate the power of IoT technology.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 20.10.2022

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