Thousands of sensors are being deployed across Sheffield as part of a new smart city project that aims to improve maintenance services and bring about cleaner and safer living conditions.
Infrastructure services provider Amey will link the sensors to the CityOS platform from smart city specialist Connexin to provide real-time data about the condition of street assets.
For example, litter bin sensors will send an alert when they are full and need emptying; moisture sensors will optimise the watering of trees; grit bin sensors will make sure the bins are refilled when necessary without waiting for the public to notify the council; and sensors in gullies will ensure they can be kept clear, helping to minimise flooding.
Another major benefit of the system is expected to be a reduction in air pollution, with maintenance staff making fewer journeys across the city and being able to avoid areas where air quality levels are poor, contributing to the city’s clean air strategy.
“This is very much about us working better and smarter towards a greener and cleaner future for Sheffield,” said Councillor Mark Jones, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for Environment, Street Scene and Climate Change.
“By investing in this new initiative, our contractors will be undertaking fewer journeys, which in turn will result in a reduction in energy consumption, pollution and congestion, while ensuring our streets are kept clean and our bins are emptied using a more efficient and effective approach.
“Using technology in this pioneering way will help the council in its efforts to tackle the climate crisis while improving standards. Following installation, those who live and work in our city should see a positive impact on their neighbourhoods fairly quickly.”
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