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Smart City Solutions to Everyday Issues

A smart city is a city that uses innovative technologies and AI to improve overall quality of life for inhabitants. These smart technologies are all data-driven, meaning they are designed around valuable insights into various aspects of life in the city. Using this information, solutions can be created to combat the everyday issues that humanity faces, and smart city solutions can improve quality of life by making cities cleaner, energy-efficient, sustainable, safer, and more enjoyable to move around.

Smart Cities Solutions help reduce road accidents, congestion, and shorten commute times. All these improvements result in a happier and healthier lifestyle for you and your community. Below, we’re looking at some common issues faced by cities, and the solutions offered by smart technology.

Waste Management

Dealing with waste has always been a difficult problem for city councils all over the world. There has been very little innovation when it comes to rubbish bins—until now. Smart Bins can cleanly and effortlessly store large quantities of waste for longer periods of time and with much less upkeep than a traditional rubbish bin can. Utilising solar power and compacting systems, the bins reduce the need to be emptied as often, which cuts down on the associated pollution and expenses of regular maintenance. Smart bins need emptying less often, which means that the air pollution caused by rubbish trucks is reduced, as well as petrol, and traffic congestion, resulting in a healthier life for us and for the planet.

Traffic Management

Kiwis all over the country deal with traffic congestion and lengthy travel times on a daily basis. As urban areas continue to grow, so too does the number of vehicles on our roads.

Smart traffic management systems have several applications, including street-lighting control and monitoring, Co-operative Intelligent Transportation Systems, Vehicle-To-Infrastructure, travel time calculation, and monitoring systems. These improve the provision of traffic delay and incident information to the road users by collecting traffic data for travel time evaluations. Road users can then be alerted via an application running on a phone or tablet, allowing informed decisions to be made to improve their journeys.

Utilising technology like the Smart Radar can help to deal with traffic management issues, and traffic data can be collected from the Smart Radar directly. This allows access to real-time data for traffic monitoring and adaptation. Our analytics platform connects multiple smart data collection devices and allows the end user to visualise all data collected onto a single platform. Layering live data through AI allows Transport Departments to make informed decisions on provisioning for future upgrades along the road corridor or areas of concern.


Smart City initiatives aim to reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, and reduce waste—leaving the planet a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable place to live. Smart cities have the potential to make a significant contribution to sustainability, using information and communication technology (ICT) to gather urban data and improve performance and management. Gathered relevant data via built-in sensors (environmental, gases, particles, footfall counters) enable clients to create a broad picture of the city’s air quality and movement of people, which in turn can inform decisions that work towards sustainability.


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Smart City consultants are leading the shift towards cities of the future by using smart technology to improve public safety, energy efficiency, sustainability, and overall quality of life. We use smart devices to capture and report real-time data around how we move around our cities. The work that we do and the smart city technologies that we provide are fast becoming essential to communities that use them to transform the way they live and work.

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