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How IoT can make Smart Cities eco-friendly

The Internet of things (IoT) is a popular term used to describe a network of physical devices connected with each other to exchange the data they collect. IoT devices are becoming widespread on a consumer level, making peoples’ lives more efficient. Used on a city level, however, the IoT can help make Smart Cities green and eco-friendly.

Traffic. Sensors mounted on key spots, such as traffic lights, can detect traffic jams, and big data platforms can suggest alternative routes to drivers. In addition, sensors which measure when people occupy and leave parking places can send this information to drivers in real time, directing them to the area with most free places, closer to their destination, thereby preventing extra traffic caused by cars driving around looking for a parking spot.

Waste management. IoT devices can contribute to more efficient waste management via recycling, by using sensors to track the fill level of recycle bins, letting crews know when to empty the containers, or by detecting issues such as illegal dumping.

Increasing energy efficiency. IoT sensors can collect and transmit energy use data which allows companies to recognize increases in usage, take part in predictive maintenance and cut down on waste. Similarly, sensors can save energy by detecting the busiest times in public spaces and office complexes, switching off lights during daylight hours or when the premises are empty. The same logic can be used for water consumption, with sensors detecting leaks, measuring flow and tacking water usage, to determine the most efficient ways of preventing waste.

The original article can be found in TechTalks.