An agreement has been signed between the City of Turin and the company Nettrotter which, as the exclusive operator for Italy of the Ultra Narrow Band SIGFOX technology, will make available to the City its network to test in real conditions some innovative solutions that will help make Turin more and more a city laboratory of innovation.
The three applications - based on sensors able to collect data from the context in which they are located and communicate them through Nettrotter's Sigfox network according to the Internet of Things and Internet of Data models - will cover three strategic areas for territorial governance: Smart Noise, for noise monitoring; Smart Level, for river level monitoring; Smart Waste, for environmental monitoring.
In Piazza S. Giulia, the heart of Vanchiglia's nightlife, sensors for noise monitoring will be installed, self-powered by a solar panel. The monitoring will last 12 months, and will allow to evaluate how the technology can support the administration in the management of urban areas where the constant presence of hundreds of people, especially in the evening, turns into a sound pressure likely to exceed the limits and still cause discomfort to the resident population.
On the Carlo Emanuele III Bridge, Borgo Dora, and on the Rossini Bridge, which joins the Vanchiglia and Aurora districts, sensors for hydrometric monitoring will be installed. The monitoring station, consisting of a high-sensitivity level sensor, a radio module and a solar panel that makes the station self-powered, collects and transmits data through the Sigfox network every 15 minutes in stable conditions, or when level changes occur according to a customizable threshold. The duration of the experiment will be 12 months.
For the Smart Waste experimentation (environmental quality monitoring), the Municipality involved the IREN Group, in particular the sector that deals with the management of the integrated waste cycle in the area of the City of Turin. IREN will provide ten containers for the separate collection of glass located in the San Salvario district, on which sensors are installed to remotely monitor the level of filling, as well as to report any fires and tipping over. The experimentation will end at the end of 2018, and will allow to evaluate in the field and under real operating conditions the limits and opportunities of the integration of IoT technologies in the waste cycle, both for the ordinary management and for the optimization of organizational processes.