EXAMPLES OF CURRENT PROJECTS
As many cities face aging pipelines and water supplies, leaks are becoming more frequent and more costly. Finding and fixing leaks is a critical way for cities to conduct preventative maintenance.
Aguarius Spectrum, a technology leader in online leak detection, approached the Impact Center, requesting to implement their acoustic sensors on campus. The pilot program, which draws on big data, is underway with joint collaboration of researchers from the School of Engineering and the School of Business Administration.
BIU’s Smart City team has installed smart cards in bus stops around campus, and in buses routed to these stations. The Smart Cards feed BIU’s control center with real time data about the number of people in each station, and the location of each bus en route. This way, if more buses need to be dispatched the system will alert the experts in real time.
Another project monitors the public transportation-usage patterns of university goers with the collaboration of one of Israel’s largest taxi companies. The taxi service, operating a fleet of cabs including 20-seaters, monitors the service usage of their customers using a mobile app monitoring the point and time of pick up, the number of passengers, etc. The service is provided at the cost of an inner-city bus ride, and the cab dispatched is suited for the requested number of passengers at the requested time and place. The experiment has proven to cut down travel time, reduce traffic around campus, and increase user satisfaction for university students, staff and faculty.
The phenomenon known as Urban Heat Islands (UHI) is where high-rise buildings (HRB), pollution, and lack of greenery increase area temperatures in urban districts, with an adverse effect on human health and wellbeing.
A potential solution to reduce this detrimental heating effect is in the process of development in collaboration with Nanjing University in China. The two university campuses will be designating a High Rise Building to cover in live greenery, in order to measure and compare data generated regarding its temperature, CO2 emission, and resulting morbidity with two uncovered High Rise Buildings.
Urban municipalities have identified pollution focal areas, in which, at certain hours/days, the pollution levels are exceedingly high. One of these focal areas tends to be schools during morning hours, when the kids are being dropped off in hundreds of family vehicles. The BIU Smart City Impact Center, in collaboration with adjacent municipalities, will be setting pollution measuring sensors around area schools, to study the pollution levels and suggest viable solutions for reduction, with the help of the families participating in the experiment by using a uniquely designed traffic and pollution monitoring application.
Mobile controllers have been installed across BIU’s campus, monitoring smart city systems. Those controllers monitor environmental conditions in real time, and provide crucial data to system administrators. Additional GPS controllers were installed on campus shuttles, and provide real time information about shuttle location, capacity levels, etc. This cloud-based information gathering system is easily installed using existing communication infrastructure, and does not require cables or physical storage space. The controllers offer monitoring and full command over the various monitored systems and technologies.