There is no doubt that networked sensors and the internet of things can bring great efficiencies and benefits to the management of buildings and public space. The availability of low cost devices and ability to create data networks with relative ease, enabling connection to data centres and intelligence platforms, has the potential to create an explosion of connected devices within the public realm.
The Knowable Building Framework set about to identify the opportunities and challenges associated with the applications of sensor based systems within older buildings and help build a process for implementation that would help identify and address technical, human and legal considerations. The process is described through a seven stage consent matrix derived from the research, interviews and workshops undertaken through the project.
The consent matrix takes the user through a set of decision points and actions that start with a Preflight and end at decision to stop, rescope or proceed. The matrix seeks to apply an ethical focus towards sensor implementation through an ethics check, governance and oversight, and meaningful stakeholder engagement. Although the consent matrix suggests a mechanism for enabling people to consent to data processing, the focus is more towards creating a more consensual approach to sensor implementation through stakeholder engagement and feedback.