Moving towards more energy-efficient cities
Cities are at the centre of most of our lives and are becoming more central with the passing of the years. They must also become smart. Recognizing this, in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the United Nations set out ambitious targets for cities that commit to its 2030 agenda, in effect designing an energy-efficient program for their transformation into smart and sustainable cities.
Because urban areas already account for 70% of global energy consumption and produce 75% of greenhouse gas emissions, energy policy is a key element in hitting the UN’s targets.
Smart City Factors
Smart cities save energy by seeking out and using innovative ways of carrying out their various functions, from security and planning, to mobility, electric mobility and smart city LED lighting and much else besides. The result is to make smart cities more efficient, more liveable and sustainable.
Above all, smart city development means becoming more digital, generating data that can be used to hone procedures, to supply more efficiently the better targeted services that residents demand.
Enel X’s City Analytics
For example, Enel X’s City Analytics uses all the data - the Big Data - generated by the interactions of residents and visitors to improve administrations’ understanding of the ways in which their city is experienced. This smart city analytical platform integrates inputs from sources ranging from local governments and mobile apps to advertising networks, from open data to the various sensors and cameras.
It then employs machine-learning algorithms to generate meaningful insights that administrators can use to improve the choices they make when planning mobility and security, managing road traffic and parking, and deciding on the best places to put new infrastructure.