Why trees are so important in smart cities?
A healthy smart city starts with: green, grey and blue. The new landscaping adaptations to create resilient climate smart cities.
In the smart city sector, when thinking of climate adaptation, planting trees becomes the most important factor to prepare urban environments for the future.
"Imagine if trees gave off WiFi signals. We'd be planting so many trees, we'd probably save the planet. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe." Despite the inherited vital service of producing oxygen, there are several other ecological services provided by urban trees that need to be highlighted and taken care of:
- Cool down air temperature
- Biodiversity protection
- Reduce air pollution
- Manage storm-water runoff
Healthy smart cities start with: green, grey and blue
Green would be the actual investment in tree health which includes space for tree and root growth, high soil quality, irrigation management, and growth control. The 'green investment' becomes the bottom-up approach which will provide real resources for plant growth in urban environments.
As natural resources, within the city environment, are already limited, tree growth and health should be closely monitored by landscapers. The process of planting new trees and developing those into functional trees need to be controlled literally from the root.
A simple way to do it, becoming more and more popular among smart cities is the usage of smart data, in particular to wireless soil moisture sensors that offer remote monitoring, wiser water management, healthier plants through the facility of smartphone platforms.
Sensoterra comes with the wireless-farm-tough soil moisture sensors while ConnectedGreen comes with the expertise of data interpretation in an user-friendly app, with data for more than 2400 plant species and different soil types. With more than 600 sensors installed in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Secondly, 'grey investment' would be the necessity for pavement-friendly constructions that allow passengers, trees and transports to move around in an utility-friendly environment. Followed by the 'blue investment' where water becomes the priority for storm-water management, likewise saving water for irrigation rounds and flooding prevention.
Sensoterra is a leader in wireless soil moisture sensing, providing data-driven solutions for optimizing land and freshwater resources for agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, and Smart cities. LoRaWAN technology and wireless connectivity empower better decision making for land management through smart soil moisture measurements. With thousands of Sensoterra sensors in the ground, generating over 60 million data points globally, Sensoterra grows every year and have been supporting from small to big-ag growers.
Sensoterra app is user-friendly, introducing a whole new world of technology to customers everyday - easily accessed by our web Monitor page or mobile phones. Curious to see how Sensoterra can help you today? Check our case studies!
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Founded in 2017, ConnectedGreen provides a smart system for remote monitoring of green projects. Making the world greener with smart technology. ConnectedGreen has deployed more than 1,200 sensors in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Caroline is a Soil Data Manager at Sensoterra. Previously, she worked as a laboratory analyst, responsible for data analysis of roots and soil, identifying pesticide contamination and plant accumulation. Her background is in Environmental Science, with a Masters's degree in Water & Environment from Radboud University.Get in touch