Like the sense organs of animals, how sensors are adapted depends on the niche in which they are meant to work.
The world is increasingly urban. The UN’s World Cities Day promotes discussion and action around sustainable city life.
Municipalities often are where big ideas translate into practical action—the city street is where the rubber hits the road.
Pre-pandemic, we used to see fast food trash overflowing from city trash bins. Now, it seems that used masks and gloves are strewn everywhere. It’s much worse than a couple of used french fry wrappers.
Traditional municipal castings can be transformed into internet-of-things (IoT) devices. A smart manhole, trash bin, or bollard watches its environment and reports. Is trash piling up? Is the storm sewer overflowing? Are construction sites active after hours?