Scottish island taps IoT to help monitor tourism – Travel And Tour World

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

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A Scottish island has deployed Internet of Things (IoT) technology to help locals manage tourism.

The inter-connected monitoring sensors are installed at the Calanais Stones.

They attract more than 130,000 visitors per year. They will allow for a better understanding of patterns in visitor numbers.

Visitor numbers may grow following the launch of a new water terminal in Stornoway.

The pilot system will help the Isle of Lewis face the anticipated growth in cruise tourism next year.

It is likely to be operational next year. The terminal will be able to host ships of up to 360m in length, meaning it could accommodate most cruise fleets from across the world.

Supporting the project is supported by IoT specialists at Censis, one of a number of dedicated innovation centres established by the Scottish Government.

Another publicly funded body, Highlands and Islands Enterprise is also supporting the programme, as is the Outer Hebrides Cruise Forum.

The Calanais team will access live data via an app, allowing them to predict and accommodate busier periods by ensuring “staffing, stock and opening hours” are appropriate, Ally Longmuir, business development manager at Censius, said.

He said: “This technology can provide accurate real-time data that will undoubtedly support the booming tourism industry in the islands, and we’ve seen success from similar initiatives in the past involving sites on the West Highland Way. We hope to expand the initiative to cover additional sites that will paint a more detailed picture of how visitors are interacting with the island’s key heritage sites.”

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