Development of smart inner city recreational facilities to encourage active living

Leon Foster*, Ben Heller, Alan Williams, Marcus Dunn, David Curtis, Simon Goodwill

*Corresponding author for this work

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Lowfield Park in Sheffield, UK is a green recreational space maintained by the City Council. Lowfield Park was selected as the primary Sheffield FieldLab for the ProFit project which ended in 2015. The ProFit project was European Interreg IVbNWE funded with the aim of encouraging physical activity through innovations in products, services and ICT systems. In 2014 the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium (SHUCAS) was introduced as a secondary FieldLab. A number of innovative systems have been installed into the FieldLabs, these include: Pan Tilt Zoom cameras, automatically timed sprint and running tracks, outdoor displays/touchscreen and a gait analyser. This paper describes the hardware, software and cloud infrastructure created to enable these systems. Pilot testing has been carried out over the last year and has found a positive effect on both sites. The systems created will be taken forward to Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park, which is currently under development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationIWAAL AmIHEALTH UCAmI 2016
EditorsCarmelo R. García, Alexis Quesada-Arencibia, Mike Burmester, Pino Caballero-Gil
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319487991
ISBN (Print)9783319487984
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


  • Participant tracking
  • ProFit FieldLab
  • RFID running lap
  • Smart Park
  • Smart public monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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