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How Smart Cities are helping the environment

With over half the world’s population living in cities, there is no surprise that they are trying to adopt the new technological advances to help them be more efficient. Smart Cities use these technologies to enable new services to be developed, and existing services to be improved, including economic development, citizen well-being, and sustainability.

Waste Management

With the addition of alternative waste bins, such as recycling, food waste and gardening waste, household bins are often picked up before they have reached their maximum capacity. This inefficiency is largely due to outdated manual collection methods.

By placing sensors in waste bins, councils can be alerted as to which bins need emptying, and which don’t. Using the data collected by the sensors, they can look at patterns to determine which bins are used more often, and schedule pickups at the optimum time.

Not only does this method reduce the number of empty bins being picked up, but also prevents overflowing bins.

Air Quality

People are becoming more concerned with air quality conditions as pollution is becoming widely recognised as a severe risk to the public’s health. Air toxicity has been at illegal levels in urban areas in the UK since 2010, leading local authorities to take action.

Air quality sensors will measure against the Air Quality Index (AQI) which tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and any associated health effects that you could experience within a few hours of breathing in the polluted air.

AQ data can be used to observe trends and take appropriate action such as issuing warnings to citizens, or optimising traffic lights during times of substantial commuting to improve congestion and pollution levels.

Street Lighting

The Intelligent Street Lighting solution allows councils to monitor the level of light outside, allowing them to alter the brightness of the streetlights accordingly, such as dimming the lights when it begins to get lighter.

Not only will this save councils money from both consumption and maintenance costs, but also will have a positive impact on the environment as unnecessary electricity won’t be used.

Property Management

Sensors can be installed in properties to monitor the temperature, humidity, and CO₂ levels on an hourly basis.

Using sensors allows tenants and landlords to be aware of real-time data and patterns which could indicate any issues in the property that can be solved. They also give tenants the opportunity to control their heating from their mobile devices, allowing them to make smarter decisions and reducing their energy consumption.

  

Pinacl is a market leader in digital transformation and is currently working with a number of councils and housing associations who are keen to trial and adopt this new technology, recognising the potential for a rapid return on investment from Pinacl’s IoT solutions.

If you have Smart Places requirements you would like to discuss, please contact us on 01745 535388 or email enquiries@pinaclsolutions.com and we will be happy to help.

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