Alternative Camden - Ideas




What is it?
A community-owned organisation for air quality, noise levels and waste monitoring.

Why is it useful?
Can we trust private companies to define socially acceptable levels of air quality, noise pollution or material waste? Surely the people who live within the local area should own and govern monitoring and compliance?

We could create local, community-owned monitoring services, based on open-source sensor technology and open data, and legally enforced through smart contracts. This could contribute to a more equitable and socially cohesive community that drives urban development for the right reasons.

Who would need to be involved?
  • Camden residents
  • Camden Council
  • Sensor & monitoring experts
  • Noise pollution & air quality regulation & compliance experts
  • Smart contract technology experts

Where do we start?
  • Research and map pain points in existing monitoring and compliance processes, through ethnographic research with residents, construction companies, waste services…
  • Convene stakeholder representatives and run design workshop to identify how a community owned alternative might be structured.
  • Partner with technology experts to define required sensors and smart monitoring contract, create paper prototype.
  • Co-design desirable user experience for monitoring and compliance process.
  • Test and refine distributed monitoring sensor network and user experience prototype.

Some thoughts…
  • How would the community collectively define quality & standards?
  • How to negotiate with landowners for access for deploying sensors?
  • What if we connect this to financing of smart lamp posts or electric vehicle docks?