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Transforming Cities With Smart Technology To Address Climate Change Challenges


‘Honing the technology that weaves a connected world for maximizing positive impacts on our planet’.

Dailycsr.com – 11 April 2017 – According to the United Nations, cities around the globe consumes sixty to eighty percent of energy, while contributing to seventy five percent of total carbon emissions. Moreover, given the “population density” of the cities, the climate change impacts are likely to hit the cities earlier in various forms like “water shortages, more intense natural disasters and heat waves”.
However, the situation may not be as gloomy as it appears in the cities as mayors across the country are initiating actions for addressing the issue through “mitigation and adaptation” along with availing various technical support. Likewise, AT&T informs:
“Cities such as Atlanta and Dallas now have Chief Resiliency Officers and are utilizing Smart Cities technology to create a holistic approach to improving sustainability and increasing public safety”.
While, Chicago officials are able to gather “real-time data” on “environment, infrastructure” and other activities with the help of “The Array of Things”, the latter being “an environmental monitoring project”. The data thus collected could be used for research purposes or for any other “public use” for that matter. AT&T plays the part of “wireless connectivity” provider for above mentioned project.
Technology will have to pitch in for helping the cities and the entire world in turn to “address environmental challenges”. Therefore, with technology by their sides, the residents and officials of the cities have the option of optimising the usage of various “valuable resources” like “energy and water”. For example, “smart light posts” could contribute in improving “traffic congestions”, while “leak-detection sensors” can drastically minimise water wastage.
AT&T leads the way in providing assistance through “Smart Cities technologies”, whereby it is making an attempt to take a holistic take on the issue so as to “measure the environmental benefits” of its services and products. The “SMARTer2030 report” of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, by increasing the usage of “information and communications technology” one can reduce twenty percent of “global carbon dioxide emissions” by the year of 2030.
AT&T recognises “an opportunity”, sets a goal before itself and provides its “technology solutions” for reducing the global “carbon footprint”. And AT&T believes that:
“Measuring the impacts of smart cities technology can help us get there”.
Furthermore, there is also an additional need to take up “water sustainability”. As a result of which AT&T has focussed itself on “delivering solutions that help cities address this growing concern”. AT&T’s involvement with “smart irrigation systems” have managed to save “15 billion gallons of water” on an annual basis.
In collaboration with “NIST’s Global City Smart Cities Challenge”, AT&T saves water with the use of “smart sensors and cloud technology”. IoT acoustic sensors are also used on AT&T’s cellular network for detecting leaks in the water systems. However, working in urban ecosystem allows these products makes them “most powerful”. “Smart Cities Operation Centre”, developed by AT&T does exactly the same by providing a platform wherein “municipality leadership” can access “their communities’ conditions in near-real time” just by sitting in one location. The said system is functional in “Miami-Dade County”.
Talking about the current year’s plans, AT&T also added:
“This year, we’ll continue to work with third-party environmental organizations like BSR to calculate and measure the environmental benefits of Smart Cities technology. We are also working to deploy the Smart Cities Operation Center internally, helping us monitor and manage our own environmental footprint and gather important data to inform the dashboard. We have been working hard to manage our carbon emissions and are proud to be recognized by organizations like CDP for our efforts”.