IoT Sensors Assess Park Usage
IoT technology will be used to assess foot traffic of green spaces across London.
12:05 05 October 2021
A pilot project funded by Innovate UK will see the installation of Internet of Things (IoT) technology in access points of green spaces across London. The scheme aims to review the usage of local green spaces in Sutton, including Manor Park, Carshalton Park and Cheam Park.
Sensors will be used to gather data to determine if the local community is getting the best use of local green space, if investment is needed and if the pandemic has shifted trends in local park usage.
Councillor Manuel Abellan, chair of the environment and sustainable transport committee at Sutton Council, said: “Sutton’s parks have benefited so many residents during these difficult times and continue to do so. This is why I’m excited for us to be trialling this technology to make the parks and facilities as clean and safe as they can be,”
“By using this technology it will help us to find out the true number of visitors using our parks and will enable us to act accordingly, continuing our commitment to and vision of being a green borough.”
Mark Lowe, business development director at North, added: “Used in two different areas for varying purposes, they will both use data to improve the local community – one to ensure safety and combat antisocial behaviour and the other to improve local green spaces for those living nearby.”