Cairngorms National Park

Footfall Tracking and Smart Parking across the Cairngorms National Park

Cairngorms National Park is the UK’s largest National Park and just one of Scotland’s natural beauty spots. An iconic landscape, The National Park is home to over 18,000 people and attracts in excess of 1.92 million visitors every year.

Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) were looking to accrue and access data that would help to manage surges of tourism in a sustainable way. North worked with CNPA to install an IoT network of gateways and sensor devices connecting to North’s IoT Scotland network framework, that both the National Park Authority and other local land managers will be able to use innovative technologies to monitor footfall, route usage and vehicle parking.

The network will also be available to local businesses to deploy data gathering sensors, providing them with the opportunity to gain key data findings and insights on how they can improve their services.



  • Visitor and usage data helps to prevent the degradation of natural beauty spots
  • Monitoring popular routes and car parks ensures they are managed more sustainably
  • Tracking real-time data helps to help maximise the visitor experience and improve safety
  • Car park congestion and pressures are relieved by encouraging drivers to redirect to less populous areas
  • Understanding of user trends, such as how the area is used at peak periods will help to improve area management
  • Access to insightful data and trends helps to shape services and environments to mirror the ways we live and work