Noesis.Network designs compelling IoT solution for Glasgow


Noesis.Network has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Itron Smart City Challenge.

The Smart City Challenge invited IoT solution providers to compete for the chance to work with Glasgow to deploy breakthrough solutions to address specific challenges defined by the City.

The Smart City Challenge showcases how Itron is enabling cities and technology innovators to work together to solve problems and improve citizen wellbeing. Using Itron’s standards-based developer tools, the winning company created an integrated IoT solution that leverages Itron’s IoT network in the City of Glasgow. As the winner, Noesis will continue to collaborate with the City to progress its breakthrough solution.

As one of the world’s top sporting cities and a major destination for conferences and concerts, the City of Glasgow frequently attracts large crowds of visitors. However, this increased population can create significant challenges for the City, for visitors and residents alike regarding public transit, traffic, noise and safety. For the challenge, Glasgow asked for solutions to help improve the experience of residents highly-populated during events while elevating the City’s profile as a cultural destination for tourists. 

The winning solution from Noesis features cost-effective acoustic sensors to address noise pollution and mitigate traffic. Noesis proposes deploying sensors on lampposts in areas with anticipated noise pollution from events and related traffic to identify, localise and quantify noise. The distributed network of noise sensors gathers highly reliable and accurate data, including noise source, location, sound profile and power level. With this data, Glasgow can have unprecedented visibility to acoustic data around event venues to reduce noise pollution. The acoustic sensors can be upgraded over-the-air to support future use cases such as traffic management and public safety.

Other finalists for the Glasgow Challenge included Koya Digital’s utilisation of IoT and AI to monitor, predict and influence, the flow of large groups of people travelling through urban environments along with TerraGo Technologies’ on-demand traffic signal control to improve mobility around high-traffic events

Itai Dadon, director of smart cities and IoT at Itron said “The inaugural Itron Smart City Challenge shows how we are applying technology for a purpose. While the solution was purpose-built to address specific needs defined by the sponsoring city, noise pollution is a common concern for cities worldwide. We invite cities from around the world to collaborate with Itron to launch the next set of open innovation challenges.”

Duncan Booker, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Glasgow said “Since Glasgow is a major destination for conferences and concerts, we want to reduce noise pollution and traffic to ensure an optimal travel experience for visitors. Through our participation in the Itron Smart City Challenge, we found a solution that will easily connect to our existing network and address our concerns.”

Kees Den Hollander, Chief Commercial Officer, Noesis Network BV said “As a leading IP Core provider excelling in innovative hardware design, Noesis is thrilled to develop a high-quality product for Glasgow that harnesses the power of IoT. For this challenge, we designed a solution that will utilise wireless networks to create real-time, highly granular sound maps with our acoustic sensors. It is an honour to have our solution selected by Glasgow.”

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