Smart cities need smart design
The world is experiencing a rapid rise in people flocking to cities to live and as a result, urban environments are feeling an ever-increasing pressure to adapt and become smarter and more resilient. Occupying just 2% of the earth’s surface and home to half the people on the planet, cities guzzle 70% of the world’s total output of energy and contribute to 75% of total greenhouse emissions.
The rise in population in urban areas reinforces the need for more intelligent planning of urban areas and innovative technology which contributes to better mobility and flow.
Enel X supports well-designed smart solutions for urban environments, not only to save on time and money and cut down on everyday spending, but as a crucial element for reducing energy consumption and environmental pollution.
Success in energy transition and a shift to updated urban living requires smart city technology that takes into account a constant growth in energy demand, the ever-increasingly rapid pace of hi tech, climate change, a highly competitive market and changing consumer habits and expectations. Enel X is up to the challenge, working with city officials, local businesses and residents on smart city sustainable development to ensure cities become better places to live and operate.
What does the term “smart city” mean?
To transform the way city dwellers produce, allocate and consume energy, Enel X employs cutting-edge technology to help people, businesses and municipalities effortlessly assimilate to new ways of operating, essentially creating a Smart City. Digitization plays a key role in the process as Big Data analytics technology allows Enel X to learn valuable information which translates into actionable insights and optimization of a wide variety of services.
Enel X focuses on six main divisions within its portfolio of innovative solutions for revolutionizing the ecosystem of a smart city. Enel X’s leading technology developed for products such as JuiceLamp, LED Lighting, Remote Control and Adaptive Lighting has contributed to the advancement of public lighting in urban areas.
Digitalizing a city: upgrading urban furniture and transport
Smart cities mean improved quality of life
Finally, one of the biggest indicators of a smart city is its role in contributing to a Circular Economy. Enel X’s consulting service works with municipalities in targeting their levels of circularity and finding innovative solutions which cities can implement in order to achieve greater efficiency and improved circularity.
By reducing a city’s energy consumption and improving its environmental sustainability, residents of a smart city benefit from an improved quality of life, increased financial savings and safer and more secure urban environments.
Energy-efficient services become a standard to live by and cities, businesses and inhabitants respectfully adapt to these changes in urbanization by becoming stewards of a smart city.