Internet of Things (IoT) technology has been revolutionised in many different ways, from smartphones to traffic lights. Now, German start-up Green City Solutions GmbH, are using IoT to make trees more efficient.
The ‘CityTree’ combines the cutting edge IoT technology with specific moss and plants which “eat” nitrogen dioxide to reduce the 240 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
CityTree will have the same environmental impact as 275 urban trees and only takes up three squared metres. Not only this, but the tree itself requires a low amount of maintenance as it collects energy for itself while adjusting to any climatic data available.
“Thanks to the IoT technology, solar panels and a rain water collecting system, the unit requires only a few hours of maintenance per year.
“The construction contains sensors gathering environmental and climatic data, which could be extended and synchronised with air quality values measured by cities,” they said in a statement.
The tree might still take a while to be developed though, as Green City Solutions have only just completed the first round of financing their unique and patented product.
Denes Honus, Co-Founder and CEO of Green City Solutions is excited by the potential for the CityTree to improve the quality of life in highly polluted and urban areas.
“We are delighted to announce the completion of our first-round financing. Now, we can take Green City Solutions to the next step as it endorses our vision of clean and profitable urban air resulting in a higher quality of living in cities,” he said.
The CityTree is just another example of the endless potential that IoT technology provides, with sensors enabling the possibility to improve the air while requiring a low amount of maintenance.