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How sensor technology can benefit cities

Sensor technology is giving local authorities the chance to gather data that can help streamline their services.

sensors helping smart city journeys

Cities are rapidly growing in size, and these advanced solutions are being implemented to create new services and improve those already existing.

By installing IoT sensors, cities can begin to gather data needed to help make better informed decisions.

Many local authorities have already begun implementing a smart city strategy whilst others are only just beginning. However, the smart city industry is expected to increase by 18.9% from 2019 to 2025 as local authorities turn to technology to help them streamline services. 

 

How Pinacl can help

Pinacl have a range of real-world solutions to help local authorities with issues such as waste management, air quality, flooding and road temperature.

Tempus

Tempus is 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.

The application 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), 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Current waste management collections are outdated and lacking data-driven solutions.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 pack. Download the free eBook here.

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