In a Smart Cities Dive article, Guidehouse Insights shares how smart cities can optimize data to improve air quality in a post-pandemic world
With less vehicles on the road, the coronavirus lockdown has contributed to improved air quality in urban areas. This comes as good news as researchers have discovered that poor air quality could increase susceptibility to the coronavirus. As things return to a pre-lockdown status, many urbanites are expressing strong interest in maintaining air quality improvements.
In an article for Smart Cities Dive, Grant Samms, research analyst at Guidehouse Insights, said, going forward, smart cities will likely need better air quality data on which to base new policy decisions.
Samms recommended that smart cities consider the following when gathering air quality data:
Increase data resolution
Understand air quality sensors' ROI
Find innovative data uses
“The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated the importance of improving air quality instead of dismissing it as something that is nice to have.” Samms said. “As technologies that measure and act on air quality data become more accessible, cities need to exhibit innovative thinking about how they use these tools for the betterment of urban life.”