What do you picture when you hear the term Smart Cities? Automatic streetlights? Self-driving cars? Robotic service workers? Self-service shopping? Well, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. The world is changing, and the concept of Smart Cities may not just be a concept anymore.
It’s no secret that the world is in trouble in terms of environmental damage and climate change. Whilst the advancement of technology may have caused many of our environmental issues, it could be technology that saves us – specifically, IoT.
What is a Smart City?
A smart city is one that adopts technology to record, collect and analyse data through varying methods including video and sensors. The insights we gain from that data can then be used to manage assets, resources and services, making life a lot more efficient and – if done correctly – far greener.
There are a huge number of things that can be measured by IoT systems to gather data on the environment, including;
- Temperature / Humidity
- Water Hardness
- Water Particulates
- Pressure Differentials (Coils, Filters)
- Velocity / Motion
- PH levels
- Power Factor
- CO2, CO
- Dust Particulates PM2.5, PM10
- Soil Moisture
- Water Flow / Pressure
- Gas Flow / Pressure
- Power Condition
- Low Voltage
- High Voltage
- Water Temperatures
- LUX – Light Levels
A huge list, I’m sure you’ll agree, provided by Blue Iot. The number of things we can measure with IoT is limitless and with this information, we can work towards creating solutions using IoT also.
IoT Solutions for Smart Cities
There are many ways that IoT can make changes to our way of life, positively impacting our regular every day and changing how we treat our environment. We can reduce our carbon emissions with smart ride-sharing transport, city bikes activated through cell phones and self-driving vehicles.
We can monitor our energy efficiency and consumption and create IoT systems that use this data to only use energy when necessary e.g. smart LED street lights that can be dimmed/brightened depending on time of day and year.
We can improve on waste management with things like solar technology for trash compactors to power them, and sensors that alert the company to the need for them to be emptied. This uses reusable energy and also means that the activity for lorries and trucks is lowered, reducing fuel consumption.
With IoT, we can engage the public to contribute to the solution too and enable them to track their own energy consumption and environmental impact. This technology is also fascinating and, in some cases, far more efficient and even fun to use, creating engagement that will benefit the environment overall.
Blue IoT and the ‘Encompass Blue’ Platform
Many companies are introducing new platforms that support the concept of Smart Cities, one of which being Australian based company Blue IoT.
Blue IoT have created a platform called ‘Encompass blue’, which is an enhanced online platform for virtual monitoring and control of buildings, maintenance, facilities, spaces, health, wellbeing, safety and security. This platform can be attributed to any of the following sites:
- Office & Residential
- Hospitals & Aged Care
- Cinemas & Theatres
- Shopping & Entertainment
- Data Centres & Comms Rooms
- Water & Energy Utilities
- Mobile Assets
On this week’s episode of The IoT Podcast, host Tom White had the chance to sit down and chat to the founder of Blue IoT, Bob Sharon. Bob explained that the Encompass Blue platform works through a cloud platform, keeping and storing data online and noticing trends that can then be used to optimise services.
You can watch the full episode below, or subscribe to the IoT podcast on iTunes, Google Podcasts or Spotify HERE.