Aberdeenshire Council

Smart IoT project digitally transforms towns across Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council was looking to investigate and evaluate the power and potential of the Internet of Things (IoT). North supported the Council to trial multiple technologies through an innovative IoT Accelerator Pack trial programme that has the potential to transform the lives of those who live and work in the area.

With access to pervasive IoT coverage through Scotland’s National IoT Network, IoT Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council could easily trial six smart technologies. The pilot schemes provide the Council with access to real-time data and insights across the areas of building health, social housing, water monitoring, waste management, air quality, and road surface temperature monitoring.

Intelligent Social Housing technology is capturing real-time insights into property health and conditions, measuring atmospheric conditions that enable potential damp and mould issues to be proactively identified and resolved, helping to create healthier living spaces, reduce maintenance costs and better supporting tenants.

Road Temperature Sensors are helping the council to make more informed decisions to support weather conditions, such as when to dispatch gritters, reducing emissions generated by extra trips.

Smart Waste Management enables the council to detect fill levels across a mix of litter and grit bins to predict usage trends, and provide them with opportunities to identify more optimise collection routes and dates.

Smart Water Monitoring is being used in schools and a care home to monitor water system conditions and water health, while ensuring ongoing compliance. The trial will allow potential efficiencies to be identified, such as reducing the need for employees to travel to check water outlets, making better use of resources and reducing transport related emissions.

Trialing multiple smart technologies is enabling the council to explore reductions across cost and energy consumption, while improving operational efficiencies and reducing carbon footprint, in support of their Net Zero commitments. Using the results, trends and efficiencies from the trials, the council can create business cases for future investments and evaluate how they can digitally transform services to improve efficiency and effectiveness.



  • Measure temperature and humidity in housing enables the proactive identification and resolution of potential damp and mould issues
  • Road temperature sensors inform data-driven decision-making, such as when to dispatch gritters, reducing carbon emissions by negating the need for extra trips
  • Detecting fil levels in litter and grit bins using smart waste management solutions will predict usage trends and inform more efficient collection routes and dates
  • Measure air pollutants, temperature, and humidity in real time to identify trends and to influence policy and decision making that could improve the health and well-being of residents
  • Real-time monitoring of air quality helps improve the health of students both inside and outside of schools and can increase productivity within the classroom
  • Measuring CO2 and humidity levels remotely improves efficiency over manual readings and reduces associated carbon emissions
  • Maintain compliance by keeping a real-time track of the condition and health of water systems and reduced the need to travel to check water outlets, resulting in lower carbon emissions and better resource utilisation
  • IoT can transform the provision of services, enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors, and lower carbon footprints to help organisations to advance their sustainability ambitions and Net Zero targets