Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Urban Observatory

Urban Observatory

The largest set of publicly available real-time urban data in the world

Urban sensors are becoming the eyes and ears of cities. They provide new ways to tackle a range of challenges, such as improving air quality, integrating transport and preparing for climate change.

The Urban Observatory works with local authorities, government and civil society to make our cities smart and sustainable.

Urban Observatory: Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sense My Street is an example of the Observatory’s excellent, cross-cutting research. It is an urban sensing toolkit and citizen-led science initiative set up in collaboration with Open Lab. The project works with communities in Newcastle to tackle air pollution, traffic congestion and flooding.

Recording millions of observations daily, the Observatory uses urban monitoring to provide insights into how Newcastle works over multiple time frames and sectors. There are over 50 types of sensors in its network, including air quality, climate, energy and water.

Urban Observatory: Sensors on Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sensors on Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne