North has designed and installed an IoT-based camera solution at one of London’s most iconic buildings - Battersea Power Station - to help keep a watchful eye on their most famous residents, the Peregrine falcons.
Battersea Power Station is currently undergoing redevelopment to create an innovative place for locals, visitors and residents to enjoy a unique blend of restaurants, shops, parks and cultural spaces.
A pair of Peregrine falcons have been nesting and successfully breeding within the Battersea Power Station development for a number of years now. Protected by law, the large and powerful bird of prey is mainly sought in the North and North West of England and even although numbers are increasing, there are only 1,500 breeding pairs in the UK.
To protect the Peregrine falcons and ensure their safety during the development works, Battersea Power Station Development Company created a nesting box and exercise platform in a quieter area of the site. In the final phase of the works, the falcons will return to their home on the east side of the development where North has provided a ‘Smart Nest’ solution including IoT connectivity, cameras and sensors.
North‘s IoT-based camera solution will monitor light levels, movement, temperature, humidity and sound within the nest, using software to capture an 8x8 grid view to give a better representation of the overall temperature within the nest, and provide insightful data into their behaviour and habitat.
Dave Ruthven, Sales Director, North commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Battersea Power Station Development Company and Mace on this unique ‘Smart Nest’ project. The UK plays an important role in preserving this important species, so we are delighted to play our part in helping to protect these majestic birds.”
Scott Baker, Associate Director, Mace said: “Mace have delivered Smart building solutions for over fifteen years but the Battersea Power Station Smart Nest is a first and uses latest IoT technology to not only give visuals of the birds of prey in their home environment but meaningful data that can be used by organisations to record and better understand the behavior of these beautiful birds”.