Smart Places

A well designed village, town or city is one that works for its population. Smart places represent the next step in this evolution. Allowing the place to report on itself breathes new life into many systems and services as well as providing space for innovation and creativity within the community. There are numerous data streams that can be utilised to help improve management and growth. Linking these data streams together means you can begin to get a full picture of the place and its current state. These insights become a cornerstone for making decisions that benefit the place.

The idea of a smart place is not new, but this approach is. Using long range, low cost and low power sensors allows for a large volume of data to be collected from across the area, with little maintenance. All systems interlink and share data to help improve the way in which a place runs. Take the first step towards this is the future goal with Uniotec. By retrofitting our sensors and solutions to existing structures, changes can be incremental. Get in touch and we can take this step together.

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Common use cases include: smart lighting, that can self report on broken bulbs or air pollution; smart roads, capable of reporting temperature and traffic density; smart bins, capable of self reporting their fill levels and many more. These innovations all contribute to a better place, one in which technology improves efficiency and reduces costs.

IoT applications for smart places

Road Temperature Monitoring

The ability to deploy a much larger network of road monitoring sensors means you can understand the current state of the roads in a much more granular fashion. This means that your decisions are highly informed. All of this results in savings which can be used to improve your place.

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Air Quality Monitoring

Monitoring air quality in and around the village, town or city can show you the full picture of the area’s air quality, identifying the areas of concern and informing citizens. Thanks to this data, you can put plans in place to help improve the area’s air quality and create community buy-in which can have huge benefits for its citizens.

People Counting

Using sensors to monitor footfall in town centres and on footpaths can really illustrate how spaces are utilised as well as identifying improvements which could be introduced. We have devices to suit all deployment locations and can even provide breakdowns of visitor numbers by age and gender.

Parking Monitoring

Having a clear picture of when car park spaces are being used and how long for, means you can see trends and patterns in the use of the car parks. This can help reduce congestion and improve customer experience. Parking space sensors can also drive smart enforcement applications allowing civil enforcement officers to target problem areas.

Waste Management

Reduce unnecessary collections from infrequently used bins and avoid overflowing bins or vandalism negatively impacting your community. Bin level sensors can be used on public bins and commercial waste bins to deliver more efficient and effective services.

Sensors for smart places

Bin level sensor

This sensor is attached to the top of a waste bin. It reports back the bin fill level and alerts if the bin is knocked over or a fire is detected.

Water level monitor

This sensor is attached directly above the water it is intended to monitor. It reports back to periodically to show the current in the water level.

Parking sensor

This sensor is mounted in the middle of a car parking space, it then uses changes in a magnetic field to detect the presence of a car. When the state of the sensor has been changed it transmits it state back over the LoRaWAN network.

Contact Temperature Sensor

This sensor is embedded into the road surface, this is done by cutting a slit of road itself and then covering it over once the sensor has been embedded, then the transmitter is attached to a near by post or pole, then periodically its readings are sent back using the LoRa WAN network.

Infra-red Temperature Sensor

Using a infrared sensor, this sensor simply attaches to a near by pole or post and is directed towards the road surface. A unobstructed view of the road surface is needed, This then transmits its readings over the LoRaWAN network at set intervals.

Advanced people counter

Using stereoscopic vision technology this device can accurately count people within its field of view. Monitor occupancy of a space or gain insights into your visitors with age and gender estimation along with group tracking.

Infra-red people counter

This sensor counts people passing through the infra-red beams. It reports the number of people passing in each direction.

Outdoor air quality monitor

Monitor air quality including specific gasses, particulates, temperature and humidity. The sensors can be customised to fit your measurement requirements.

Weather station

Weather stations report temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind speed, light levels and barometric pressure. Ideal for agricultural and scientific applications.

Radar people counter

Count the number of people passing this device in each direction. Uses radar technology to remove the need for a second unit opposite the first.

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