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IoT to optimise space

Optimising space

Optimising the use of space includes how people congregate in groups, the frequency of use of spaces and the flow of people through buildings and public transport systems.

There are multiple sensor methods that can be used to count and track people using or moving through a space, e.g., by measuring presence and approximate footfall by detecting Bluetooth and WiFi signals from mobile phones. Other techniques use ‘vision’ systems to anonymously count people and understand their direction of travel.

The end benefits are an understanding of demand/capacity around transport networks, leading to the better planning of transport or infrastructure, and reducing costs and/or improved service. A potential additional benefit is that of improved safety through better planning for times when congestion is predicted, such as large entertainment events, may also be realised.

If you would like to know more about CENSIS activity in this sector, let’s talk.

Smart towns and cities

Optimising space is one of the Smart towns and cities subjects explored in our CENSIS FutureTech programme.

This is an area where Internet of Things (IoT) technologies could deliver huge benefits and enhance people’s lives.


Sector knowledge

Within the FutureTech programme, CENSIS met with people from different sectors to hear their ideas about the transformative potential of IoT.

IoT technology will transform business operations across Scotland and impact every sector of the economy.


5 subject areas

The Scottish Government-funded FutureTech workshops were held across Scotland throughout 2019 in the subject areas of

  • Food and drink
  • Health and social care
  • Smart towns and cities
  • Transport
  • Tourism

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