Living Lab co-design and engagement activities
Working over a period of two years, with local schoolchildren, park visitors and stakeholders to deliver surveys and hands-on workshops in the park, the team have identified the challenges to be addressed. This has led to the development of a ‘nature data toolkit’ to test the Nature, People, Place nexus.
City wide digital experiments
Data is an important tool to help us understand what is happening in our natural environment and the impact of human activity. Using digital technologies such as live sensors in the parks in Plymouth we can monitor wildlife activity, air quality, temperature, humidity and the number of visitors.
The team have installed a series of low cost and low power sensors using a technology platform called LoRaWAN. LoRa is the abbreviation of "Long Range Wide Area" and is a low-power wireless network platform – it allows sensors to send and receive data without power or an internet connection; enabling the sensors to be placed in remote locations.