We have just been invited by Radio Calvià to explain the ParGarCom project. We will be in the air on Wednesday, January 31st from 12 to 13h. A whole hour explaining Organicity, ParGarCom and our companies. Radio Calvià is the municipal radio station in Calvià, the second largest city in Mallorca, Spain.We have been working hard on getting our prototype to work and integrated with the LoRaWAN network. The device is now measuring and sending the data successfully.
We have been working hard on getting our prototype to work and integrated with the LoRaWAN network. The device is now measuring and sending the data successfully.
On the experimentation side, we have met with the local municipality in Herning and looked at the various types of bottle banks in use, trying to figure out how the mounting should happen.
At the end of 2017 we launched the OrganiCity Site for Leuven. We now have a local proxy server up and running! We will soon start forwarding sensor data captured in Leuven to the central OrganiCity platform. This data will then be accessible through the Discovery API. Watch this space!
Now at the start of 2018, we have received the first hardware components and are hard at work to build a first prototype of what will eventually be an open source toolkit for urban visualizations. Simultaneously, we’re designing the content templates for these urban visualizations and putting together a starter guide for designing and deploying urban visualizations.
Finally, we’re taking over the OrganiCity Experiments Instagram account this week! So check there for more pictures.
We have been working on setting up an Advisory board for the SafeCity project with representatives from organizations who have citizen safety high on their agenda and are interested in innovation within smart city solutions, urban data and citizen inclusion. In a setup with monthly meetings, we will harvest valuable insights for our concept and process. Participants, in return, will have the opportunity to get inspired by and co-create with like-minded from public authorities and private organizations.
We are now halfway through our OrganiCity phase 2 experimentation period and are ready to begin the new year!
Over the last 7 weeks, we have been developing a prototype web-application of our Tranquil Pavement London, working with our partners Outlandish! We are pleased to say we have a working version which is nearly ready to be tested with the public over the next few months.
We have been meeting regularly with our local area partners, the City of London Corporation, Lewisham Council, Better Bankside, Team London Bridge and Deptford Folk to discuss how the events, walks and tranquillity explorations will be made relevant to each focus area. We've also been attending public consultations, as well as handing out leaflets and talking to people about the project and how to get involved.
At the end of the year we have been featured in City Matter hyper-local newspaper as well as the Better Bankside website to help create a buzz for the events that we will be holding this new year. One of the events will be the Team London Bridge 'Love Lunch' meetings at the end of Jan. Register your interest in attending in this link.
2018 will be the year of tranquil. Watch this space.
We have prototyped a bio-acoustics listening device based on the Raspberry Pi Zero W and Dodotronic Ultramic. We are about to start 24hr continuous run testing in cold weather in two test sites. So far, the power consumption is pretty much as predicted considering cold weather.
A battery that delivers 30,000mAh should give 7 days continuous operation before needing to be recharged, and with a number of power saving options employed on the Pi, the initial tests have certainly borne this out. The cold weather (we have had several days of sub-zero temperatures and snow/ice) has much reduced the battery capacity, which is not surprising given the characteristics of Lithium-Polymer batteries.
Separately, we have now configured a Libelium Waspmote-based temperature, pressure, humidity sensing device to work within our existing LoRaWAN IoT infrastructure.
See below the device in situ at test site (plastic box at top) monitoring bird feeders in normal and icy conditions.