50% of the world's population currently live in cities
Rapid urbanization has brought many challenges including air pollution, an increase in slums and pressure on basic services and infrastructure. Unplanned urban sprawl undermines other factors of sustainable development. For example, with every 10% increase in sprawl, there is nearly a 10% increase in per capita hazardous pollution. The majority of urban centers lack current information on the indicators for Goal 11, and better data is necessary to inform planning decisions.
Next generation, post-silicon sensors can power smart cities and smart water management by assessing water quality and quantity from the outside of pipes. Jody Ranck, RAM Group