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BeeUrban Sensor Network changing the ways of City Climate Research

Dr. Jim Parker, from the Sustainability Institute of Leeds Beckett University (Great Brittain), embarked on a mission to understand the complexities of city climate. However, the data collection process was far from ideal. He had to manually retrieve data from sensors around the city, often encountering failures or broken equipment. It was during a conversation with Swedish Sensorbee that the idea of a wireless sensor, BeeUrban, was born.

Dr. Parker's research focuses on environmental monitoring in urban areas, specifically studying subjects such as air pollution around schools, green barriers, and hot spots in the city. To improve the reliability and accuracy of data collection, he sought a wireless sensor solution capable of providing precise air temperature and humidity data. Additionally, he wanted the data to be uploaded using the GSM mobile network. Uncertain if such a solution was possible, he reached out to Sensorbee. To his delight, Sensorbee not only met his requirements but exceeded expectations.

“I was looking for particle sensors and got in touch with Piera. They recommended us to go through Sensorbee and it turned out to be a great match, I literally can’t praise Sensorbee enough!”
- Dr. Jim Parker, Leeds Becket University

From idea to concept in 9 months

Within nine months of their initial conversation, the BeeUrban sensors, capable of recording high-precision data every 15 minutes, are now being installed throughout Leeds. This sensor network will provide valuable insights into the city's climate variations and the positive effects of green spaces.

“I am really fond of David Löwenbrand and the Sensorbee team! They have been really responsive and helpful throughout our entire collaboration. I am aware that several companies can deliver similar products and services, but Sensorbees' positive attitude towards working together and creating solutions makes them stand out.”

The BeeUrban sensor network not only supports Dr. Parker's current studies but also opens up a world of future research opportunities. In 2023 alone, the BeeUrban sensor network will generate data for two studies focused on trees and small parks in cities. This data will further our understanding of the impact of green spaces on various aspects, such as air quality and temperature regulation.

The success of the BeeUrban project showcases the power of collaboration and innovation in advancing city climate research.

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