Our solution was focused on LoRaWAN, a networking technology that offers long-range coverage while using very little power. By leveraging this technology, we were able to design sensors that can run for up to 10 years on a single AA battery.
LoRaWAN was a perfect fit for NYCC's needs, thanks to their familiarity with the technology and their nynet function, which provides LoRa coverage for use in public services and the private sector across North Yorkshire. NYCC gateways connect to our LoRa server, which processes data from sensors and sends it to our back-end platform for storage and manipulation.
Our IoT platform currently monitors outdoor air quality, refuse levels in on-street bins, and parking spot occupancy, providing NYCC with valuable insights that enable them to make informed decisions. Our senior developer took the low level cryptic data and crystallised it into something that was understandable and usable.
NYCC now has data in areas that were previously non-existent, which empowers them to make more informed decisions. It’s still very early days on this long-term journey but there is a clear path to operational improvements and efficiency, making tax payers money go further and improving the environment.
We are always looking at more use cases, with indoor CO2 monitoring, road traffic counting, and the use of sensors with built-in AI to detect kinetic faults in heavy machinery currently in development too.