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Microsensing Networks for Sustainable Cities


Part of the Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation book series (SSMI, volume 18)

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About this book


This book explores the microsensing technologies and systems now available to monitor the quality of air and water within the urban environment and examines their role in the creation of sustainable cities against the background of the challenges posed by rapid urbanization. The opening section addresses the theoretical and conceptual background of microsensing networks. The coverage includes detailed description of microsensors, supported by design-specific equations, and clear explanation of the ways in which devices that harvest energy from ambient sources can detect and quantify pollution. The practical application of such systems in addressing environmental impacts within cities and in sustainable urban planning is then discussed with the aid of case studies in developing countries. The book will be of interest to all who wish to understand the benefits of microsensing networks in promoting sustainable cities through better delivery of information on health hazards and improved provision of data to environmental agencies and regulatory bodies in order to assist in monitoring, decision-making, and regulatory enforcement.


Microsensors Wireless Sensor Networks Smart Sensors Microsensing Systems Water Quality Monitoring Air Quality Monitoring Sustainability

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Engineering and Built EnvironmentUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Engineering and Built EnvironmentUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

About the authors

Saurabh Sinha obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He has authored or co-authored over 85 publications in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. In addition, he is the managing editor of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) Africa Research Journal. Prof. Sinha served University of Pretoria for over a decade, his last service being as Director of the Carl and Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics. Since 2013 he has been Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. He was the 2014-2015 Vice-President, IEEE Educational Activities and serves on the IEEE Board of Directors.

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