4. Smart Water Management
A community’s water management needs are varied, ranging from wastewater treatment to water monitoring. IoT solutions give municipalities a window into ageing infrastructure and customer usage, allows them to increase efficiency and improve visibility into remote assets such as water tanks, as well as optimize water management processes. This means challenges such as leaking pipes are addressed much more quickly.
Smart sensors can monitor things like flow rates, tank pressure, water levels, and pipe conditions. The data provided means both real-time responses to immediate challenges and the ability to plan long term. From an environmental perspective, smart sensors allow critical environmental data to be collected on things like groundwater. And instead of sending staff to remote locations to perform tests, the data is sent remotely and in near real-time, reducing both costs and saving time.
5. Smart Buildings
In a smart building all systems – everything from air conditioning to security to lighting – can be connected, and sensors can provide actionable data, leading to reduced costs and increased efficiency.
In real terms, there are a number of big benefits to be found in a connected building. Sensors can provide data on how a building is being used, allowing smart systems to make adjustments as far as heat and lighting, as well as air quality control, leading to a significant reduction in operating costs. Sensors can also identify areas in the building that are either over or under used, opening up the possibility of optimizing space.
Building maintenance is a big cost when done manually. IoT-enabled predictive maintenance means building managers no longer perform maintenance on a schedule, whether it is needed or not – instead, maintenance is performed when needed, leading to substantial cost savings.
6. Smart Traffic Management
We’ve all been stuck in traffic and none of us like it, no matter how good the music or the podcast we’re listening to. Smart cities are able to optimize traffic control with integrated sensors that have been programmed to send real-time traffic flow updates to a designated platform, which then analyzes the data and in a matter of seconds adjusts traffic lights to ease traffic conditions. Additionally, sensors built into bridges and roads can sense degradation, allowing for predictive maintenance and thus cost savings.
7. Smart Waste Management
Inefficient waste management can lead to a host of unpleasant and unwanted issues: soil, air, and water contamination, negative impact on human, animal, and marine health, missed recycling opportunities, and an adverse effect on overall local life. IoT helps improve the efficiency of waste collection while also reducing operational costs associated with waste management. Here’s how: waste bins are equipped with sensors that register and report the fill level. As a result, the waste disposal company can collect waste on demand, meaning they don’t waste time emptying bins that aren’t full, and they can address overflowing bins promptly.