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Where IoT meets Nature Management

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - Published by Herma Otter
In the Province of Drenthe (NL) a Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) is being rolled-out. This is a communication network for the Internet of Things. This network makes it possible for sensors to communicate and exchange data, in this case about visitor to a National Park.

One of the pilots using this LoRaWan is ‘Hack the Bridge’. This bridge is located In the National Park ‘Drentsche Aa’. On this bridge – an important entrance to the park – sensors are being placed to measure visitor flows.

For the management of the nature park it is essential to know what kind of traffic is passing this bridge: recreational traffic – being it by car, on foot, bike or for instance on horseback – or commuters, and the moment they are passing the bridge. Each distinguishable group might need a different kind of management or facilities. Seven different sensors will register the various kinds of traffic combined with time and date.

The National Park embraces the new technological opportunities and will be cooperating with entrepreneurs and students of NHL-Stenden University Drenthe. When successful the setup of this pilot can be applied to other locations. By the end of this project the generated data will be made available as open data.