Sensors for Foot Traffic

1) Issue: mobility, crowds, access to services

2) Tech summary

  • Density has come out with very simple, small sensors that can be attached to doorways, walkways, and other architecture to provide insight to foot traffic volume and patterns.
  • The technology is more basic than installing cameras or other technology with larger footprints. This may be appealing to smaller businesses/agencies that don’t have a budget for super-expensive tech.
  • Citylab wrote an article suggesting really simple uses, like DMV lines, coffee shops, or even a whole shopping district if many businesses were using the sensors.

3) Stakeholders: business owners, city agencies with storefronts, city planners, advertisers

4) Steps for deployment

  • Identify agencies/businesses with heavy, inconsistent foot traffic
  • Install sensors and educate public encouraging use
  • Set up data collection and analysis system to see how users change their plans by using the data and how this affects overall congestion at the sites

LED Lighting Serves as Canvas for Sensor-based Tech

1) Issue: Health and Safety

2) Tech summary

  • Newark Airport has installed a new LED lighting system that, subtly, includes a network of sensors and cameras.
  • The technology helps to monitor baggage and foot traffic in one of the airport’s busiest terminals.
  • Sensity Systems developed and manages the sensor system.
  • This technology has been used in both retail and city spaces to monitor foot traffic, human behavior and interaction, and monitor for security.
  • Articles

3) Stakeholders: pedestrians in areas with this tech installed, city managers, utilities installing the lights and sensors

4) Steps for deployment

  • Partner with tech company to supply sensors and install system
  • Develop pilot program to install technology in targeted area with specific key metric and desired outcomes
  • Measure progress against key metrics

Detroit’s Smarter Grid

1) Issue: Infrastructure

2) Tech summary

  • The city of Detroit’s power utility company, DTE Energy, has partnered with Tollgrade Communications to make its grid more reliable and resilient.
  • Tollgrade’s LightHouse MV Smart Grid Sensors and Predictive Grid Analytics platform were installed at key substations throughout the distribution network.
  • These sensors send back real time data to DTE that allow its operations team to predict outages and address line failures in a targeted way.
  • DTE also believes that this technology will improve crew safety during storm outages by providing accurate information about which parts of the grid are powered-down and which are still live.
  • Article: A Smarter Grid in the Motor City from Harvard’s Data-Smart Cities

3) Stakeholders: energy consumers, energy utilities, businesses

4) Steps for deployment

  • Partner with tech company to procure grid sensors and predictive analytics platform, like Tollgrade’s product.
  • Develop pilot program to install technology throughout the grid system.
  • Collect and analyze data and scale the program.

Smart water meters becoming popular in Califorina cities

1) Issue: Energy/Water & Waste Management

2) Tech summary

  • Cities in California have been installing “smart water meters” as a way of monitoring water use, collecting real-time data, and informing users of potential leaks.
  • Traditional water meters simply keep a running tally of water use and generate a bill based on that usage. Smart meters provide insight into time of day, patterns, and potential abnormal usage that could reveal a leak.
  • Long Beach, for example, has made use of smart water meter technology from Transparent Technologies while San Francisco uses a similar product from Elster AMCO Water.
  • This macro-level visibility may eventually allow cities and water utilities to associate higher costs with peak usage times (surge pricing) as is currently done with electricity.
  • Articles

3) Stakeholders: water utilities, business owners, homeowners, city managers

4) Steps for deployment

  • Partner with tech company to supply smart meter sensors
  • Develop pilot program to install technology on limited number of meters
  • Collect and analyze data with goal of finding “early win” for the program

Smart Inhalers

1) Issue: Health

2) Tech summary

  • The city of Louisville has launched a program called Air Louisville that collects data on when citizens with asthma use their inhalers.
  • The program makes use of “smart inhalers” from Propeller Health to record the time and location of inhaler use all over the city.
  • The mobile, real-time monitoring capabilities will allow public health experts to connect inhaler use to environmental exposures that cause attacks.
  • Eventually the program could become predictive enough to provide warnings to those with asthma to avoid specific areas where environmental factors are such that an attack is likely.
  • Article: “Monitoring Air Quality and the Impacts of Pollution” from Harvard’s “Data-Smart Cities” blog.

3) Stakeholders: patients with asthma, families of patients, public health experts, physicians and other healthcare workers, and insurance companies

4) Steps for deployment

  • Enroll patients with asthma in the program
  • Equip their inhalers with sensors from Propeller Health
  • Set up data collection and analysis teams