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The city of Houston has found opportunities to apply smart city solutions to the pandemic, panelists told online attendees at the Smart Cities Connect Virtual Conference and Expo Tuesday.
Houston Director of Innovation Jesse Bounds spotlighted a specific application in which the city has deployed a new wastewater testing solution for early detection of COVID-19 in communities. When the city identifies the presence of the virus in neighborhood wastewater samples, it can focus its contact tracing and prevention efforts in those areas, Bounds said.
“It targets efforts better,” he said.