#ThisWeekInData July 8, 2022

GRIST: Low-cost sensors are helping communities find gaps in air quality data

In a wave of community air monitoring efforts, in cities around the country, citizens have been installing and monitoring their own sensors. Having more comprehensive data helps residents organize and take potential action against companies emitting these pollutants and provides important insights into health and their local environment.

SMART CITIES DIVE: Seattle residents can request an EV charger on their street

Seattle City Light, an electric utility company, will install chargers for free at locations that meet eligibility requirements if residents who own or play to purchase an EV request a charger, in an attempt to meet residential EV demand. The residents will pay a per kilowatt-hour fee to use the chargers. City Light wants to “focus on the most difficult and expensive places to install infrastructure" in order to reduce barriers to electrification for all residents.

DELOITTE INSIGHTS: Smarter cities, smarter public health

The COVID pandemic spurred a deeper look into the role cities play in public health. Deloitte conducted interviews with various city officials across the globe and shared their findings in this report. They found that “a data-enabled, digitally connected ‘smart city’ can make health care smarter when systems and data are integrated and interoperable across core health and other services”.

GOVTECH: Boston joins project to grow transparency around urban tech

With a rise in technology enabled city services and infrastructure, several cities have started focusing on advancing transparency around urban tech. In a pilot program in Boston, residents will be able to scan QR code signage to learn how the public device is collecting information and to provide feedback.

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