Most growing metropolitan areas are struggling to improve quality of life as pollution and congestion issues are getting worse each year. There are however many recent, low-cost devices which could contribute to better city planning and in return to sustainability and efficiency.

A typical application of IoT is to install a large number of low-cost, long range devices throughout the city and from there all environmental readings are fed into a database through the cloud. Using these measurements a detailed map can be created showing a detailed distribution of noise, pollution, traffic, energy consumption, etc. This is valuable data for city planners and decision makers of future developments.

To name a few common smart city applications:

  • Air quality, acoustic quality and meteorological readings.
  • Water quality management systems. Pipe pressure, water-flow and leak sensing minimising losses . Also chemical characteristics can be detected instantly to monitor quality.
  • Monitor energy consumption in public buildings and optimise readings according to date (e.g. power off computers instead of sleep mode, A/C usage optimization etc.)
  • Traffic control. Live traffic optimisation using cameras Smart parking system (e.g. dynamic, real-time feedback of parking spaces)
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    In the upcoming months Team Brookvale will monitor air quality across Sydney to give a better understanding of air pollution. Make sure to follow our Facebook and Twitter page for updates.