Smart Museum Presented as Part of Karlovac Smart City Strategy

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Smart Museum project for the digital monitoring of temperature, humidity and other conditions for the proper storing museum exhibits, was presented at the Karlovac City Museum as part of the “Karlovac Smart City” strategy.

The implementation envisages equipping the museum with smart systems for the measuring and remote reading and monitoring of the interdependence of the space’s conditions (temperature, humidity) and energy consumption in order to save energy, save financially, and ultimately increase the security of museum materials.

The solution is based on a unique Internet of Things (IoT) platform through which a network of sensors has been set up to monitor various parameters in real time and is part of the far larger Sensors project, in which one million kuna has been invested.

The digital monitoring of various data has been introduced in utility companies, in some schools, in “smart” car parks, and now in the museum in the city centre and in the Vjekoslav Karas Gallery. All of the digitisation work was performed in cooperation with the following companies: Koncar – Electronics and Informatics, Koncar Digital and Transmitters and Communications (OiV).

Brancar Steko, the Director of Sales and Business Development at one of the aforementioned Koncar companies, explained that the IoT platform works through their MARS interface, which can connect many different types of data in one single place and process and present it all to different users, so the system and target data can be accessed online.

An alarm is sounded to users if sensors report unacceptable deviations. In the museum, these are deviations in humidity and temperature or a recorded motion sensor. Marko Serdarevic, a member of the Management Board and Director General for Sales and Development of OiV, believes that the “Smart Museum” project, which is part of the Karlovac Smart City strategy, is in the public interest for the protection of cultural heritage and that it should be an example to other museums when it comes to adopting such a solution.

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