Water quality monitoring in a smart city: a pilot project

Yiheng Chen*, Dawei Han

*Corresponding author for this work

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A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology (ICT), “Big Data” and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets for sustainability, resilience and liveability. Meanwhile, water quality monitoring has been evolving to the latest wireless sensor network (WSN) based solutions in recent decades. This paper presents a multi-parameter water quality monitoring system of Bristol Floating Harbour which has successfully demonstrated the feasibility of collecting real-time high-frequency water quality data and displayed the real-time data online. The smart city infrastructure – Bristol Is Open was utilised to provide a plug & play platform for the monitoring system. This new system demonstrates how a future smart city can build the environment monitoring system benefited by the wireless network covering the urban area. The system can be further integrated in the urban water management system to achieve improved efficiency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-316
Number of pages10
JournalAutomation in Construction
Early online date22 Feb 2018
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Structured keywords

  • Jean Golding
  • Water and Environmental Engineering


  • High-frequency
  • Internet of Things
  • Real-time
  • Smart city
  • Water quality monitoring


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