Technology is Enhancing How Urban Planning Tackles Air Quality Issues

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According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the world’s population live in cities. By 2050, this number is expected to grow to two-thirds. As these communities continue to grow, air pollution is becoming a heavy burden on urban planning professionals. Today, air quality is being monitored and discussed heavily in all levels of government – Federal, State, and local. This is due to its negative effect on individuals living in larger cities in the United States. 


As a result, many cities are becoming “smart cities” where they use new technology to analyze and improve their infrastructure. Learn how they’re leveraging innovative solutions to handle their communities air quality below. 

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How Smart Cities Tackle Urban Planning

As our lives become more connected with technology, a number of cities are following suit. Municipal governments are using the power of technology to find solutions and improve infrastructure. Not to mention improving the efficiency, convenience, and quality of life for residents and visitors. 

Many smart cities are using new innovations to improve their energy distribution, streamline trash collection, and decrease traffic congestion. By using cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT), cities are able to receive, analyze, and manage data in real-time to improve their infrastructure. As mentioned above, local governments are leveraging IoT to help improve air quality.

How IoT Can Improve Air Quality 

As cities grow, so does the demand for cleaner air. That is why local urban planning agencies are turning to IoT to help. By using air monitors with IoT technology, cities are able to efficiently gather and analyze data about local air pollution. This has been extremely helpful for urban planners as they can use that data to make decisions that citizens can benefit from the most. For example, studies have shown vehicles cause a significant amount of air pollution, which has a negative impact on students. To counteract this, urban planning professionals will use data gathered from IoT to decide on the best placement for a new school.

How Does IoT Monitor Air Quality?

When connected to Wi-Fi, information can be gathered from the monitors to report on real-time data. Data may include time, temperature, location, and the U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI). This information will then be used by local urban planning professionals to decide on the next course of action to improve the area’s infrastructure and people’s quality of life. Furthermore, the technology can help local lawmakers design and implement regulations that would help their communities. 

Stay Current on Local Urban Planning Issues with Agenda Discovery

With legislation continuing to fight air quality issues in large cities, it’s important for urban planners to stay on top of policies that affect their communities. With so much data to monitor and analyze, it can be difficult to stay current on the latest discussions happening in local offices. That is why we’ve created the Agenda Discovery tool, an innovative solution to help business owners stay current on developing policies that may impact their industry. Request a demo today and learn how our software will benefit you.

FAA Proposes Safety Standards for Drone Delivery

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Drone delivery has been all the buzz ever since Amazon began private trials in England, and the first customer delivery by drone recently took place. While Amazon is at the forefront of beta testing their drone delivery service, many other businesses can benefit from automated delivery. The FAA recently released a new set of safety regulations for unmanned drones that would make drone delivery a reality for many businesses. But, just like most technological advancements, local governments may regulate drone delivery use. With Agenda Discovery’s government tracking software, you can be in-the-know of legislation that has the potential to change automated delivery. 

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FAA’s New Regulations  

Through the legislative process, the U.S. Government has created multiple federal legislative laws that address the ability to pilot drone aircrafts. 

With these new rules, it’s actually making it easier for companies to incorporate drones into their delivery systems. One of the most important aspects of these regulations state that operators have more freedom than before to decide how they are flown. The FAA will now allow the drone to fly throughout the country if the required maintenance, pilot procedures, and other necessities are checked off accordingly. 

What Do New Regulations Mean For Businesses?

These new regulations have eliminated some concerns the public has had regarding companies using drones. With new guidelines on how they must be operated, businesses have a clearer perspective on what needs to be done to integrate this technology into their operations. 

Interestingly, one of these legislative mandates states that drones cannot operate in Class, B, C, D, or E at the surface airspace without proper authorization or waivers. This simply means that drones would not have flight clearance in certain air space zones, i.e. airports. That will make it very difficult for businesses to utilize drones in their operations.

Potential Legal Issues?

Part 107 of the FAA regulations mandates that they will not allow air carrier operations to partake in drone usage. In order words, companies like FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS, or anyone crossing state or national lines cannot operate under Part 107. This will greatly limit the amount of drone delivery services in the future.

Another legal issue that drone pilots must be cautious of is filing the right paperwork to operate a drone and deliver packages. Both exemptions and certifications are a lengthy process, but must be undertaken to provide delivery service for customers. With a lot of new local government policies regulating drone delivery, it can be hard to keep up with emerging regulations and how they will affect your business.

Request a Demo of Agenda Discovery

With Agenda Discovery’s legislative tracking software, you can stay up to date on any new policies that are impacting piloting drones for commercial use. With technology as new and as life-changing as delivery drones, it’s important that your business is involved in shaping legislation. Request a demo of Agenda Discovery and stay up-to-date on policies that affect your future.