Smart Cities are poised to take off according to a recent IDC FutureScape noting that 30% of major cities in 2018 will put a plan into place a smart cities platform strategy in order to utilize the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, intelligent software, sensors, and wireless technology. The end result will be widespread use of systems that interoperate to provide new levels of data and automation throughout municipalities and city agencies, from education, healthcare, transportation and buildings.
As a real-world application of this trend, Altizon, a global industrial IIoT platform company, and Novecom Pty Ltd, a leader in environmental monitoring and data management systems for industry, has announced the completion of an integrated smart IoT solution with sensors used to measure noise levels at the recently completed Newcastle 500 Supercar race in New South Wales, Australia. The test application enabled Novecom to publish live sound readings in decibels from the Newcastle 500 Supercars track during the annual motor racing event, held at the Newcastle Street Circuit.
The V-8 “supercars” can produce sound levels at above 95 decibels and reaching over 105 decibels for hours at a time during race events. The purpose of the noise measurement was to better understand the attenuation of noise from the outside and inside of nearby businesses and homes during the races. The assessment was modeled to take into account the various environmental realities of the Newcastle 500 precinct and the particular circumstances of every business and home within that area.
Thirty-one buildings surrounding the track were identified by a consultant as having the potential to experience sound that was one to four decibels above public safety guidelines.
“As an on-point demonstration illustrating the power of smart cities and the industrial IoT, we designed a system with Altizon and placed sensors within a house adjacent to the track. We then gathered that data and made it available in a form that was highly meaningful to end users,” said Jeremy Pola, Managing Director for Novecom Pty Ltd. “We measured noise levels and reported them to the community, so they could be more informed about their environment.”
“Together with Novecom, Altizon is committed to be a trailblazer in establishing meaningful applications that make Smart Cities work,” said Vinay Nathan, CEO for Altizon. “We’re pleased to play a leading role in monitoring a physical environment to help inform the public and pave the way for better planning and civic outcomes in the future.”
Novecom is Altizon’s first partner in Australia and a member of the company’s 30+ global partner network. Together with its partner ecosystem, Altizon is continuing the company’s mission to ease and accelerate IIoT adoption.