IOT Seen As Another Way to Reduce City Traffic and Fight Pollution


As the city becomes more crowded and traffic is getting slower, the Internet Of Things may be a great help in reducing traffic in cities / Photo by: Alex Proimos via Wikimedia Commons


The Internet of Things (IoT) has a bright future in this world that’s only getting more connected, and one area in which the IoT can well and truly benefit society is through the goal of reducing city traffic. Surprisingly, it can even be used to help fight pollution.


As reported by Gear Brain, the future of a world connected through the IoT is boundless; filled with potential raging from connectivity improved by 5G technology incorporated in mobile networks, and even vehicle-to-vehicle communication, such as that which Tesla is pursuing.


Companies like GeoSpock, a Cambridge-based firm dedicated to bettering road conditions by analyzing road performance through a net of interconnected street lamps, traffic lights, and the like, are already on their way to cracking the code of how best to improve road conditions.


Essentially, the work that GeoSpock is centered on is data obtained from the road, ranging from traffic data, and even devices that measure the level of pollution that busy city streets and roads are spewing and causing the world’s heat to rise.


As explained by Steve Marsh, founder and chief technology officer of GeoSpock, the data that they manage to obtain through these means provides them with sufficient information to draw more comprehensive conclusions about our streets, and even more accurately predict “a link between rain in the weather forecast, and poor air quality on streets lined with trees.”


Although Cambridge is likely filled with cyclists, changes in the weather allow the researchers to look into and study car congestion and its exacerbation of preexisting environmental conditions like pollution. And because GeoSpock has access to data that even monitors air quality, they yield helpful findings about the streets.


An example is one where they found that the more trees in a city street there are and the slower and more congested the streets are, people are actually “more likely to suffer from respiratory illness”. This is because trees often “lock the pollution in place”.


In order to truly incorporate the IoT in improving road conditions, Marsh says an investment in the advancement of 5G technology is the more worthwhile task.