Scottish IoT project aims to keep rural roads pothole-free

The landscape on the Isle of Skye.

A consortium of research partners in Scotland could help solve the perennial problems facing the UK’s transport infrastructure, with the development of an internet of things (IoT) sensor network that provides real-time monitoring of rural road conditions.

DigiFlec, a start-up based in Dunfermline, is working with CENSIS – Scotland’s innovation centre for sensors, imaging systems, and IoT technologies – and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) as part of the Scottish...

NHS Scotland employs drones to quickly transport vital medical supplies

The UK’s NHS (National Health Service) is employing the use of drones to help quickly transport vital medical supplies to rural Scottish hospitals.

Drones are helping to transport supplies – including medicines, COVID-19 testing samples and kits, and PPE – to the remote Argyll & Bute region of Scotland as part of a three-month trial.

The drones utilise Vodafone’s 4G network for communication and can travel up to 40 miles (64km) at a time. Each drone is...