Two pilot projects underway in South London will use smart IoT technology to review usage of local green spaces.
The Innovate UK-funded pilots are collectively worth more than £160,000 and will see sensors installed in access points to parks and recreational grounds across the London borough of Sutton, in addition to an old residential building on Cambridge Road Estate.
North, a UK IoT service and solutions provider, is delivering the project for South London Partnerships, and has teamed up with Daizy for software development support.
Seven parks will be monitored as part of the project in Sutton including Manor Park, Cheam Park and Carshalton Park. Sensors are being installed around the parks to review whether the local community is getting best use out of local green space, if investment is needed and if the pandemic has shifted trends in local park usage.
“The pilot projects in South London demonstrate two excellent examples of how smart IoT technology can be used to transform our communities”
Sutton Council is working in close consultation with North to review footfall data from 30 key points of interest around the parks, including entrance points and access to playgrounds within the park, giving insight into whether the green spaces meet the needs of local people.
“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,” said councillor Manuel Abellan, chair of the environment and sustainable transport committee at Sutton Council.