Knokke-Heist becomes a smart city thanks to Aptus, Engie M2M and Sigfox
With the help of sixty sensors, connected through the Sigfox network, Knokke-Heist will be smarter about its energy, mobility and safety.
Knokke-Heist and the water company AGSO partnered with Aptus and Engie M2M, the Sigfox network Operator for the Internet of Things (IoT) in Belgium. In a spirit of true co-operation they engaged in a pilot project to turn Knokke-Heist into a smart city. By deploying sixty sensors in different use cases and applications, Knokke-Heist acquired better insides on traffic, waste management and trash removal, sound and air quality and water metering throughout their territory.
All data transferred through the Sigfox network is collected and visualized on a centralised platform: the ‘city dashboard’ developed by Aptus. This enables easier and better observation and in case of trouble or anomalies the council can intervene more swiftly.
Smart parking sensors measure the presence or absence of electric vehicles on the provided parking lots in the city center. Sensors embedded in the asphalt count the amount of vehicles entering or leaving the city. Several sensors monitor the water levels of critical sewers and rivers. The level of public waste bins is monitored through ultra-sonic sensors. In a number of public area’s, both access and environmental conditions are constantly guarded. Simple track and trace devices attached to several assets allow the city to optimize their asset utilization.
The results of the pilot project have been received by the city council as extremely positive and helpful. Knokke-Heist therefor decided to continue and extend the work done so far.
The pilot project in Knokke-Heist is a good example of how to kick-start large scale smart city projects.
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