Smart City IoT Pothole Detection

Team McGillians

Jingyi He, Tooba Rahimnia, Kevin Jiang


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Problem statement

Evidence shows that there could be up to 50,000 potholes in need of repair on the island of the city of Montreal. The perpetual repairs cost the city an estimated $2.5 million annually. For the past five years, Montreal has invested half a billion dollars to maintain its road network and address the city’s estimated 60,000 to 90,000 potholes.

Our findings

With our focus purely on solving the problem caused by potholes in cities like Montreal, our insights looked to uncover things that could be under the control of the government. If an interesting insight could be uncovered but not be remedied by the government, we considered it irrelevant, as no change can be brought forth. This is important because we do not want to find insights just for the sake of finding one. We want every insight to be translated into actions the government can take to improve the quality of life for the people and move forward to the full adoption of a smart city. Our one beneficial solution is mainly based on publishing longitude, latitude, timestamp and severity of pothole using signals received by Particle Electron Board. This Data received can simulate the actual problem drivers are facing with every day on the street.

Wrap up

Our mission is to optimize route transportation to save money invested on road constructions, easing road transportation and securing people’s lives.

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