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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. 

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