Smart cities are slowly becoming reality. All devices that can be controlled, whether its traffic lights, information kiosks, street lights, or energy consumption meters, are all slowly but surely connected to the Internet of Things. This evolution brings many new possibilities that were not possible ever before.
A smart solution for consumption
In smart cities, there are several ways to save energy. One of the options is, for example, to dim the lights that have nobody around, and at the same time to reduce light pollution. Smart Metering and Smart Energy solutions, in turn, help reduce overall energy consumption by the generation of green energy and its distribution amongst city citizens.
One of the big things about Smart City projects is communication. Traffic lights, cars and parking spots can communicate with each other to provide greater security and convenience. The city can warn cars of traffic jams or inform autonomous vehicles about other cars driving nearby to prevent accidents.
Air quality measurement
Sensors may not only serve to improve the functionality of existing devices but can also contribute to our health. Some Smart Cities have installed air quality sensors as part of their projects. These IoT technologies can measure the amount of CO2 emissions, dust particles, toxic gases, pollen, and more. Residents can then be informed by application and can thus avoid exposure to harmful substances. The city can also find out where the problem areas are and apply targeted solutions. As an example, traffic can be regulated as required or a smog situation can be stated.
Smart Waste Management
Effective prevention of environmental pollution also includes waste management. Especially for larger cities, this solution can be fully utilized. By using smart bins, you can get a number of important information that can speed up and streamline waste collection. Trash bins can send information about reaching the maximum capacity to the garbage-collector companies. They can modify their route in real time as needed. The waste containers can also contain an integrated hydraulic press that makes sure the capacity is utilized to its fullest.