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Scottish organisations plan new IoT trials


Mark Say Managing Editor


Six Scottish local authorities alongside Scotrail, Blackwood Homes and Care and Borders College are preparing to take part in the trial of IoT Accelerator Packs.

Train station at night

Supplied by internet of things specialist North, the packs – which consist of sensors and back end services – have been developed to provide real time data on waste management, air quality, social housing solutions, building health and water monitoring.

The six councils involved in the project are Aberdeen, Angus, East Renfrewshire, City of Edinburgh, Fife and Highland.

Fife is to test the waste management function in monitoring the use of smart bines, while Scotrail Edinburgh, Angus and East Renfrewshire are going to measure air quality within train stations, council buildings and across town centres.

Aberdeen and Highland will implement sensors to monitor water quality, the latter having already adopted the technology in schools, care homes, leisure centres and council offices.

Blackwood Homes and Care will use the sensors to monitor living environment factors such as ventilation and moisture levels, and Borders College to monitor levels of CO2 within the working environment across its buildings.

Data protection

North said that data gathered by these smart solutions will remain the property of the organisations and be handled in accordance with data protection regulations. The councils will have the opportunity to pay to expand and continue the solutions after the initial 12-month period.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy Kate Forbes said: “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.

“Digital technologies like IoT help drive forward our economic recovery while reducing business costs and enabling progress towards net-zero emissions.”

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