GEC agrees with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) definition of a smart city: “A Smart City has embedded ’smartness’ into its operations, and is guided by the overarching goal of becoming more sustainable and resilient.” Electronics, especially sensors, are essential to creating a smart city that is more sustainable and resilient.
Sensors are being used for everything from detecting the amount of trash in containers to optimize trash-collection routes, to monitoring the conditions of bridges as part of infrastructure safety, to creating intelligent street lighting that adapts to real-time conditions. Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 20.8 billion by 2020. These connections will frequently occur via sensors, skyrocketing the number of sensors used worldwide into the billions.
GEC is collaborating with the City of Portland to develop a definition of a “sustainable” sensor, and with so many sensors expected to be used in cities worldwide, to provide guidance on the most cost-effective and environmentally sensitive ways to address sensor end-of-life issues.
If you have an interest in this topic and would like to be part of our collaboration, we welcome your engagement.