Project Updates

Nature Smart Cities

Nature Smart Cities brings together environmental researchers and technologists to develop the world’s first end-to-end open source system for monitoring bats, to be deployed and tested in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

How it works
Echo Beach, the bat classification device, works like a Shazam for bats. It captures the soundscape of its surroundings through an ultrasonic microphone, then processes this data, turning it into an image. The machine learning algorithm developed by the UCL Centre for Biodiversity then scans the spectrogram image, identifies possible bat calls and classifies them, returning the species most likely to have made the call.

Measuring bat activity in QEOP provides a very interesting real world use case of processing large amounts of sensor data without the cost of sending it to the cloud - we call this high frequency processing at the edge.

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Capstone Challenge

Future Cities Catapult and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) are inviting UK businesses to showcase connected products and services in this exciting development district and park. The QEOP and its surrounding locations are an ideal place to test new, community-focused technology interventions.

As part of the “Capstone” project, the Future Cities Catapult have worked with residents, workers and local stakeholders to uncover inspiring insights into real-life issues and opportunities and identified some key challenge areas via their research with residents, visitors and other stakeholders in and around the QEOP. To find out more about these challenge areas and how to apply, follow this link.

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