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Heat islands and green barriers- learn about Sensorbees' products within sustainability research


At the Sustainability Institute of Leeds Beckett University Sensorbee sensors are active in several research projects, all led by Dr Jim Parker. Air pollution around schools, greens barriers and hot spots in the city - learn more about the upcoming projects here!


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, says Jim.

Jim's work focuses around energy modeling of buildings and of the urban environment. He also has a research interest within environmental monitoring in urban environments. Jim got in touch with Sensorbee through their partner, Piera Systems.


- I was looking for particle sensors and got in touch with Piera. They recommended us to go through Sensorbee, since the Piera particle sensors are included in the Sensorbee products. And it turned out to be a great match, I literally can’t praise Sensorbee enough!


Three upcoming projects


BeeUrban is the name of a whole new product that is being developed right now as part of a research project surrounding so-called urban heat islands. Urban heat islands is a city phenomenon, where urban areas without larger areas of plants or water tend to be warmer than for example areas with nearby parks.


- This is primarily because gray objects, which tend to be well represented in the cities, stay warm longer. Green and blue spaces heat up faster but cools down much faster too and can help with regulating the temperature. What we want to look at is the effect of green and blue spaces in the city of Leeds.


The sensors that will be used, BeeUrban, will have a very long battery life and be able to connect to the mobile network. BeeUrban will be placed all around Leeds and the collected data will be visualized to show the temperatures around the city.



The second project where Sensorbee sensors will be used is at the Leeds General Infirmary. The hospital has been part of central Leeds for over 250 years and is now host of the Innovation Pop Up. An initiative that drives to create room for innovation where researchers, health care staff and the industry can meet.


...it turned out to be a great match, I literally can’t praise Sensorbee enough!

- As part of the Pop Up the General Infirmary has dedicated a space to promote new technologies. The sensors from Sensorbee will be installed in this area to measure the pollution levels and compare it to other areas of the hospital.


The final upcoming project is initiated by the Leeds City Council and explores the effect of green barriers. A green barrier can be described as a wall of plants, meant to have an improving effect on climate and pollution. The sensors will be set up around schools to measure both the internal and external air quality and compare areas with green barriers to those without.



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Do you want to learn more about how Sensorbee products are used within research? Visit our blog about Ride the Future and The most polluted street of Stockholm.


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