UK Case Study

Salford Museum

What is Being Done

  • The MOVE project is working with the Salford Museum and Art Gallery to monitor the internal climate of some of their galleries using a network of IoT sensors throughout the galleries, and using the collected sensor data to construct an online platform to visualise the conditions within the monitored spaces.
  • By evenly distributing sensors throughout the galleries we are able to measure minute differences in climate around the galleries under test, and thus allowing us to visualise the internal environment and how it may affect the visitors and objects within the gallery.
  • One primary focus of the sensor network is to monitor the humidity conditions in the galleries as uncontrolled humidity can lead to damage to the objects if the humidity is permitted to drift between extremes for a prolonged period.
  • Additionally, another focus of the platform is to create an environment that is comfortable for the visitors of the museum as well as being a safe environment for the artwork and artefacts, so monitoring of the ambient temperatures, air quality, light levels, and general motion in the galleries is in place.
  • Ultimately this should allow museum curators to make informed decisions about how they control the environment within their galleries.

Snapshot of the Data

Sample Data from the Normalised Database

This snapshot of the data from the development databases shows some of the data that is being collected in its normalised form. Maintaining a reliable dataset is very important to the reliability of the end platform, and so an extensive normalisation & processing system was implemented for the incoming sensor data.