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Strategy 20: Develop Sensor Infrastructure

Smart Cities drive technology solutions using not only the data created by human hands, but also through the inputs from and readings of an array of sensor types, that can capture points in time continuously. When technology solutions are deployed in combination with a communications infrastructure that can transport readings, the ‘Internet of Things’ or IoT is the broad term for these connected technologies. These datapoints in time may then be analyzed and acted upon in aggregate and in combination with other data.

Strategic Actions

  1. Investigate and pilot test sensor network to monitor connected air and watershed water quality at both movable and key fixed sites across Davidson County.
  2. Continue to develop and expand Metro’s existing safety camera network to incorporate more critical human and vehicle traffic sites.
  3. Pilot a program around using Metro’s safety camera infrastructure as counting tools for vehicles and pedestrians.
  4. Continue to expand the availability for Metro Nashville Police Department to access and incorporate existing safety cameras from government, academic and private organizations.
  5. Pilot a program to use a localized beacon network to provide for localized communications for tourists during special events and emergency activations.

Case Study

Category: Air Quality Sensors

A Smarter, Greener Vision

In what was a feature program in the White House 2014 Smart America Challenge, San Jose entered a six-month pilot with Intel to design and install sensors throughout the city to increase transportation efficiency and improve air and water quality. This was part of San Jose's Green Vision, a 15-year plan for sustainability developed in 2007.

Learn: San Jose, California Green Vision Goals

Explore: San Jose, California Green Vision Annual Report 2014