Energy and Environment
IoT-equipped smart cities allow citizens to save money by giving them more control over their home energy consumption. IoT enables different approaches to smart utilities management including:
● Smart meters and customized billing
● Monitoring consumption patterns
● Remote monitoring
● Connected and intelligent streetlighting
IoT-driven smart city solutions allow for tracking parameters critical for a healthy environment in order to maintain them at an optimal level. For example, to monitor water quality, a city can deploy a network of sensors across the water grid and connect them to a cloud management platform. Sensors measure pH level, the amount of dissolved oxygen and dissolved ions. If leakage occurs and the chemical composition of water changes, the cloud platform triggers an output defined by the users. For example, if a Nitrate (NO3-) level exceeds 1 mg/L, a water quality management solution alerts maintenance teams of contamination and automatically creates a case for field workers, who then start fixing the issue.
Another use case is monitoring air quality. For that, a network of sensors is deployed along busy roads and around plants. Sensors gather hyper-local data on the amount of CO, nitrogen, and sulfur oxides, while the central cloud platform analyzes and visualizes sensor readings, so that platform users can view the map of air quality and use this data to point out areas where air pollution is critical and work out recommendations for citizens.
Combining data from hyper-local sensors to show real-time value for different environmental parameters can help local authorities manage key environmental triggers such as air and water pollution, weather, and much more.
Each city has its own unique environmental profile which significantly impacts its livability index.
Air, noise, and water quality sensors can be deployed to enable monitoring of key environmental metrics. Increasingly, cities are looking to access and leverage this powerful data in order to make more informed decisions regarding short-term and long-term mitigation and remediation strategies.
Connected Waste Management
The waste management solution enables cities to manage and optimize their waste collection, which helps them in eliminating unnecessary manhours spent on manual routing, maximizing productivity, optimizing equipment and staff allocations, and allowing the cities to gain better control over the waste management operations. This solution delivers cost savings and increased efficiency.