When travelling through Spain and France lately many beautiful sites had cafes with outdoor terraces. Really pretty and cool in the heat. However nearly all had signs saying there was no service on the terrace. So many many visitors went in , bought what they wished and took it to the terrace to eat.
The owners could not manage the staffing of the terraces as they had no idea when people might arrive, how many might arrive. They really wanted to give a better experience to their guests and also would like to give some work to someone.
So when #smartrural is up and running it should be possible to give some advance warning or at least use some algorithms to try to assist owners when demand might rise.
A combination of weather forecasts, historical information on visitor numbers, nearby events, special promotions in local attractions, opening hours, traffic movements out of cities, should all provide information to give service providers advace warning that would enable them to adjust staffing levels, food purchases etc etc.
This information is all there, it just needs to be brought together and used. There is little doubt that if it was working then the experience of customers would be better and this might make them return more frequently. #smart rural
This one is from the security part of smart rural. As you may know there was a tradition of not even locking doors in the country but sadly that has been changed as more and more older people are violently robbed. As they are alone and burglars regularily think they have cash as opposed to having money in bank then there are a number of issues to be solved.
The traditional way to prevent burglaries is by doors, gates, locks, dogs, neighbourhood watch, security and police patrols, So can we do some of this using smart stuff?
This project would install a number of sensors in a geographic area. In Ireland there are 4 types or roads, Motorways and national routes for town to town stuff. Then there are R roads for linking villages- say smaller villages to each other and to larger towns. Then there are L Roads for local access. For example the road to individual farms from main or R type roads. These are usually not heavily trafficed and often have some spectacular potholes! The sensors in this case would be only on L roads. They should be OK on these roads as they really are only used for local access and for say local deliveries. So the roads can be open during the day but have restricted access during the night, or whenever the locals decided. Of course the use of the tech would allow for phones, tags, or sensors to give automatic access for cars, tractors etc to be able to access when they were pre registered or entering the area on invitation. Anything accessing could be tracked too for retrospective review if something awry occurs.
We envision maybe a pop up bollard as it is less intrusive and requires minimum electiricy and maintenance. These are now common place.
I imagine the location of them would be like the outer layer of a spiders web. But the outer ring would be community driven in terms of location. There would be other projects then to increase security in increasingly close layers as you get to the centre of the web and to the most vulnerable people.
A side effect of these bollards is that they could be used to create cycle ways to be used by visitors and with some imagination neighbouring communities could create a route from say the end of town and city bike lanes out to the country and back. This of course then adds to the attraction of the rural community and step by step it may develop commercial halt stops as have developed along greenways.
There is an app in Chile that can send alerts to you based on geographic incidents . For example if I was on this app and a house in my vicinity was robbed, then I would get an alert. If however a house 20 KM away was robbed it would mark it as a robbery on a map I can see, but not send me a specific alert. A bit like the spider web , increasing levels of protection centered on the vulnerable spot.
This idea uses all existing technology, bollards, tags, communications to create an outer security zone and also to possibly create something in the income side for the community. It does however need a platform for the bollards to talk to a central hub regarding access approval and timing of rising and falling.