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ICRI Capstone

ICRI Capstone

Future Cities Catapult collaborated on a project with Intel Labs Europe, Imperial College and University College London. The project demonstrated the ability of Internet of Things interventions to solve real urban challenges and was focused on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in East London.

A five-year project that began in 2012, the goal of “ICRI Capstone” was to create an Urban Internet of Things Demonstrator in the park and conduct research based on three work packages – Billion device challenge; Citizen engagement; and Creating sustainable ecosystems.

The partners developed 12 projects based on these work packages and deployed a number of different technologies to test a research question relating to them. These included:

Nature Smart Cities

Bringing together environmental researchers and technologists to develop the world’s first end-to-end open source system for monitoring bats. Echo Beach, the bat classification device, works like a “Shazam for bats”. It captures the soundscape of its surroundings through an ultrasonic microphone. It then processes this data and turns it into an image called a spectrogram. Deep learning algorithms then scan the spectrogram, identifying possible bat calls.

Over 300,000 bat calls have been detected since deployment at the start of June 2017, with an average of 7,000 bat calls per night and a maximum of 20,000+ calls recorded in one evening.

Energy Neutral Operations

Energy Neutral Operation (ENO) is a mode of operation of an IoT object where the energy consumption is always less or equal to the energy harvested from the environment. However, existing ENO approaches do not take into account the degradation of the capacity of the battery.

A lightweight battery degradation model to monitor battery health was developed as well as a novel lightweight sensor management scheme. The results show that an increase of deployment lifetime of 307% can be achieved without a reduction in average system performance.


To enable new ways of knowledge sharing within communities, a series of eye-catching interactive tangible devices, ‘Pins’ and a web interface for authoring their content were developed. They effectively engaged public audiences through the physical design and conversational-style interaction. They were used during the ‘Great Get Together’ festival within QEOP to promote content about the festival, the park, future events, and visitor feedback. Throughout the afternoon, the Pins attracted ~ 350 individual / group interactions with a variety of demographics.

Download the ICRI Report 2017 for details of all the projects.

Health and well-being demonstrators

Future Cities Catapult, along with London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), worked closely together to explore how you can improve health and wellbeing in QEOP. We funded four UK SMEs to deploy solutions in and around the park during the summer of 2017. More information can be found on our Health and wellbeing demonstrators page.

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