Smart city sensor technologies need environmental protection & flexible design

Author : Simon Vogt | Chief Commercial Officer | P2i

01 December 2020

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Talked about for years, smart cities are now fast taking shape, driven by advanced, high-capacity mobile connectivity & networks of thousands of intelligent sensor nodes.

The full version of this article was originally featured in EPDT's IoT & Industry 4.0 supplement, included in the December 2020 issue of EPDT magazine [read the digital issue]. Sign up to receive your own copy each month.

When McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business & economics research arm of management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, assessed the world’s cities on their progress towards “smartness”, use of sensor technology was one of its three key indicators. Cities such as Stockholm in Sweden and Yinchuan & Shanghai in China rated highly on this count, alongside London in the UK.

Sensors, along with communication networks and access to open data, are the foundations upon which the smart city is built. If they fail, smart transport networks, traffic management systems, pollution-monitoring, flood-protection, street lighting and toll systems are all compromised. As Simon Vogt, Chief Commercial Officer at liquid repellent nanotechnology expert, P2i explains, this is why manufacturers know they must invest in protection for the thousands of sensors required for the smart city…

And this will be a huge market. According to a recent report from market research firm, MarketsandMarkets, the Internet of Things (IoT) in the smart cities market is projected to grow from US$ 79.5 billion in 2018 to US$ 219.6 billion by 2023. It is a sector fuelled by innovative applications.

Not one, or even two sizes to fit all, but many
Yet as McKinsey said in its 2018 report: “’Smartness’ is not just about installing digital interfaces in traditional infrastructure or streamlining city operations. It is also about using technology and data purposefully to make better decisions and deliver better quality of life.”

Aesthetics are crucial, as is the ability to match products to their location. How things look is vitally important in infrastructure and street furniture design. This includes everything reliant on sensor technology, from dynamic, sensor-guided traffic and streetlights, to public transport monitors and displays, telecoms cabinets, and fire or flood detection equipment.

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