On June 1st The first mobility point in Latvia has been opened in the vicinity of VEF.
It is located at the intersection of Brīvības gatve and G. Zemgala gatve, and everyone has access to a bicycle parking spot, a bicycle repair station, a shared electric scooter and bicycle rental point, and a solar bench with free Wi-Fi and smart charging.
This mobility point has two sensors, the data of which will soon be available to anyone interested. The sensors have been installed by the Latvijas Mobilais Telefons (LMT) and Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI).
Both sensors will collect such data as: air temperature measurements, air humidity level, CO2 air quality monitoring, sound sensor for noise monitoring, rain sensor for quantity monitoring, barometer for atmospheric pressure monitoring, magnetic field for magnetic field detection, photosynthetically active and total solar radiation, and other readings. Also at the mobility point, LMT provides WiFi connection, as well as the availability of 4G, LTE-M and NB-IoT communications.
Kaspars Ozols, EDI Deputy director of development, points out that in the process or research it is important not only to to access urban data, but also the opportunity to test new solutions in a real urban environment: “ This improves the performance of systems, makes solutions more resilient to environmental influences, and proves their viability to potential customers. We are pleased with the activity and development of the VEF ecosystem, as it is essential for both entrepreneurs and scientists to test prototypes and prove concepts.”
In addition to the use of VEF mobility point sensor data, EDI offers access to an open 100-node wireless sensor network scattered across the seven floors of the institute building.