Kingston and Sutton Councils IoT Project
Sutton and Kingston Council announce plan for IoT scheme aimed at improving active travel routes.
10:04 30 January 2021
Sutton and Kingston Councils have announced plans to use internet of things (IoT) technology to improve active travel routes and provide people with more space to adhere to social distancing protocols in place.
The councils are looking at partnering with transport AI company Vivacity Labs to monitor the impact on roads and pavement changes in high footfall areas, essentially for walking and cycling. The data will be used to help understand travel behaviours and patterns and improve the impact of any changes.
Steve O’Connor, assistant director of digital and IT at Sutton and Kingston Councils, said: “We appreciate how daily habits have significantly changed during the Covid-19 pandemic, and there has never been a more important time for councils to have a clear understanding of the environment and health of their communities.”
Mark Nicholson, chief executive officer of Vivacity Labs, said: “The pandemic has seen a significant shift in travel trends, and it has brought about changes to road and pavement space in order to accommodate for active travel and help people to keep their distance.
“Data insights provide the ability to both analyse where to implement changes and evaluate the effectiveness of these schemes.”