Universities as smart city drivers in small and medium-sized cities

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Many small and medium-sized cities meet their limitations when it comes to deliver longer running smart city services and to manage the complexity of big data. There is a tendency to be stuck in pilots and smaller set-ups because the knowledge and innovation that is required for these projects and services can’t be obtained in organisations, where there is more focus on daily operations and maintaining service levels in welfare. At the same time there is a need for a scientific baseline in relation to move our urban areas towards a more sustainable future. Someone needs to deliver data that can document the challenges that cities stand up against reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This paper describes a case where the local university together with a research-based start-up company have taken an initiative to deploy and manage a network of multi-functional probes (MONTEM CityProbes) that contains a large number of sensors that can track a broad suite of environmental data in near real-time. The service is established with open data capabilities and with a hope to kickstart further innovations in smart city developments and to strengthen the IoT eco-system of the region. The specific example focusses on monitoring the air quality from 25 probes deployed in places with strategic importance and where there is heavy traffic intensity from fossil-fuelled motor vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities (Volume IV-4/W9)
Number of pages8
PublisherInternational Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Publication date2019
Article number2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event4th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities - Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 1 Oct 20193 Oct 2019
Conference number: 4


Conference4th International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities
LocationHotel Istana
CityKuala Lumpur
Internet address
SeriesISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences


  • Air Quality
  • Big Data
  • Low-cost Sensor Probes
  • Quadruple Helix
  • Small and Medium-sized Cities
  • Sustainable Development Goals


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