The funded IoT accelerator packs will be offered to councils across the country, allowing them to investigate and evaluate the power of the Internet of Things and smart solutions.
Councils across Scotland are to be offered a free 12-month trial of intelligent lighting, waste management, air quality and social housing solutions in a bid to help reduce their carbon footprint.
The funded Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator packs and access to the Scottish Government-backed national IoT network, IoT Scotland, will be offered to councils across the country, allowing them to investigate and evaluate the power of the IoT. The aim is to potentially transform the ways in which local communities live and work through access to real-time, insightful data.
Working with each council, North, the UK IoT service and solutions provider, will host workshops to determine the services which will benefit most from smart solutions within each local authority area.
The expectation is that councils will cut their carbon footprint and operational costs by using real-time data to monitor lighting requirements, while the installation of smart bins will align waste collection frequency with demand, slashing costs and emissions.
The ability to measure air quality either within council buildings or across a busy town centre will provide an insight into the scale of the problem and a means to measure the effectiveness of any steps taken to improve it.
“This is a great opportunity for Scottish councils to fully embrace future-proofed Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven technologies and use the technology to innovate in service delivery”
Similarly, the use of sensors within social housing will improve living environments, ensuring parameters such as moisture control and ventilation are adequate and monitored ensuring a healthy living environment for tenants while also protecting the fabric of the building.
“In enabling Scotland’s 32 councils to have free access to this [IoT Scotland] digital sensor network, this unique proposition encourages early adoption, fosters better collaboration between local government and transforms how we use digital technology and data for the benefit of our communities,” said Scottish Government connectivity minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP.
“This is a great opportunity for Scottish councils to fully embrace future-proofed Internet of Things (IoT) and data-driven technologies and use the technology to innovate in service delivery and I fully support this initiative.”
One council that has already adopted IoT technology through the IoT Scotland network is the Highland Council, with schools, care homes, leisure centres and council offices among those being transformed into smart buildings.
“Scotland is leading the way in the use of IoT and as we look to the future, the adoption of smart solutions, from our largest cities to our most remote villages, will connect communities across the country to enhance operations and existing systems,” added Alasdair Rettie, group technical director at North.
There will be no cost to the councils for the sensor-based solution provided, with deployment and support fully funded by North. The IoT accelerator packs will comprise of sensors and the back-end services required to deploy the selected solution, along with professional services to liaise with the council’s appointed contact to facilitate the rollout, before evaluating and capturing feedback.
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