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IoT and Urban Soundscapes: Nature-SmartCities and Edinburgh CitySounds

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G.07, Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh

10 Crichton Street

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EH8 9AB

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Are you interested in the intersection of biodiversity, the Internet of Things, and community engagement with nature in the city? Join us for an insightful afternoon discussing two projects that are experimenting with innovative audio technology to explore and understand biodiversity and greenspace in the city. Nature-Smart Cities is monitoring bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London and is led by University College London, while Edinburgh CitySounds is assessing biodiversity in the Meadows and is led by the University of Edinburgh.

Kate Jones from University College London will present the ecological, technological and engagement aspects of Nature-Smart Cities. This project has brought together a team of environmental researchers and technologists to develop the world’s first end-to-end open source system for monitoring bat activity in one of the most iconic and high profile of London’s regeneration areas, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The team has developed a network of prototype smart bat monitors which use a deep learning algorithm for classifying ultrasonic sounds. Installed across the park in different habitats, the monitors will continuously capture data on bat species and activity levels until the end of the year, with the aim of providing the most detailed picture yet of bat life throughout this large urban area. See live data coming from the smart bat monitors here.

Simon Chapple and Ewan Klein will present Edinburgh CitySounds, which is using the University of Edinburgh's new IoT Research and Innovation Service to explore how biotic and anthropogenic sounds captured in the Meadows can inform community groups and citizens about biodiversity and health and well-being, as well as provide a unique resource for artists and data scientists. It is one of 17 experiments selected for the second phase of OrganiCity, a H2020 initiative for experimentation that explores how citizens, businesses and city authorities can work together to create digital solutions to urban challenges.

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G.07, Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh

10 Crichton Street

Edinburgh

EH8 9AB

United Kingdom

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