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Why local authorities need to introduce Internet of Things technology

With the rapid urbanisation, local authorities are implementing new technologies to help them start their smart city journey.

Smart cities can help improve the way services that are provided, which in turn can have a positive impact on the quality of life for people working, living and visiting the area.

However, for smart cities to work efficiently and effectively, there needs to be three main components: the issue, the tools and the solution.

The focus needs to be kept at the improvement of citizen’s lives which begins with identifying the issues in the city. Only after identifying the problems they face; local authorities can then begin to look for a solution.

The multitude of different data sensors can collect make them a crucial component for digital transformations. Connected over an Internet of Things network, the data can be used by local authorities to make decisions and act appropriately.

Smart City sensors which councils are commonly looking at implementing are:

  • Property sensors
  • Air quality sensors
  • Bin sensors
  • Flood sensors

 

Tempus

Designed in partnership, Tempus integrates professional expertise in damp and mould from Cornerstone; with the technology capabilities and IoT pedigree of Pinacl.

It’s designed around scientific factors which cause damp and mould within a property and how the nature of the property, its location and internal/external conditions influence these factors.

Tempus records and processes all these factors that can cause mould to produce detailed analysis and automatic alerts pertinent to each individual property – combined with a powerful knowledge base providing possible causes and actions to intervene pro-actively.

Air quality

Measuring air quality is a major strategy in the fight against air pollution.

Implementing IoT technologies such as air quality sensors can help measure and monitor air pollution levels against the Air Quality Index (AQI). This is an index used to report daily air quality, alerting you of how clean or polluted the air is as well as any health implications you may face based on the readings.

Pinacl’s air quality sensors can measure and report primary pollutants such as particle matter (PM10 and PM2.5), carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone, as well as temperature, humidity and pressure.

Waste

Current waste management collections are outdated and lacking data-driven solutions.

Embedding an ultrasonic level sensor could help alert city workers when they are ready to be emptied, even gathering trend data over time. Councils will be able to understand which bins are being used more often, as well as scheduling pickups at the optimum time.

Not only does this help slash fuel consumption on wasted journeys but can also prevent overflowing bins which can be an eyesore or even be a hazard to the community. 

Flood

With rapid urbanisation in cities, they are becoming more susceptible to surface water (pluvial) flooding.

By installing sensors under grids in towns and cities, local authorities will be able to monitor water levels and the chance of flooding.

With the use of IoT technology, the sensors use ultrasound to detect water surface and will send the data using a LoRaWAN network. This allows local authorities to take appropriate action such as alerts, early warning system and flood predictions.

 

Pinacl has launched the Ultimate IoT Kit. Download the free eBook here.

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