As a long-time employee of 3M, Thomas Disselkamp has used his leadership skills in a number of departments and capacities. Based in Minnesota, 3M is a conglomerate corporation that manufactures a variety of products including optical films, medical products, car-care products, adhesives, and electronic circuits. Essentially, it is a company based on science, innovation, and technology. Product Development Specialists like Tom Disselkamp constantly come up with new products and new technologies to make homes, businesses, and cities work better.
3M technologies are at the heart of recent innovations used to make urban areas run more efficiently. Creating “Smart Cities” is one idea that combats problems associated with rapid population growth and urbanization. Cities utilize these technologies and new products to upgrade their energy systems, implement traffic solutions, and address other needs. The Traffic Safety Systems Division, where Thomas Allen Disselkamp worked for many years, developed a number of projects designed to upgrade the way traffic lights work as well as other projects. Some cities are also using Smart Parking apps to ease congestion by allowing drivers to find available parking so they do not have to drive around haphazardly looking for a place to park, which adds to traffic problems and pollution.
Smart Cities programs go beyond just traffic. These cities are also integrating the city’s sanitation, water supply, solid waste management, and the electrical grid with new technology to keep these vital systems working efficiently. Incorporating this with green energy and green technologies brings the city online with forward-thinking, 21st-century urban planning. Smart Cities are poised to provide a streamlined, modern infrastructure for residents and be more cost-effective in the long run.