Smart Cities Guide

26 September 2018

To coincide with the LED Street City and Utility Roundtable event as part of the 10th Climate Week NYC, today The Climate Group, in partnership with Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), launches a new introductory guide for city stakeholders on smart cities.

Smart city initiatives offer an unprecedented opportunity for municipalities to use emerging technologies to improve the livability, sustainability and connectivity of the places we live and work. Using a network of sensors and monitors, data can be collected and interpreted to gain valuable insights into how a city operates; leading to innovations in policy, transport systems, energy and environment, health and social care and cohesion, for example.

The drive towards connected LED street lighting serves as a stimulus for wider renovation of aging city infrastructure, and for further innovations in smart city development and the Internet of Things (IoT). It also presents the opportunity to build upon a connected and secure city lighting network with an expanding array of city-to-citizen data-enabled products and services.

Many municipalities around the world are beginning to explore their own smart city options; however, with the wealth of technologies, suppliers, stakeholders and departments involved, it can seem like a daunting task to undertake.

The Smart Cities introductory guide by The Climate Group covers the main topics which city policy makers should consider before undertaking a smart city scheme. It also presents compelling case studies from forward-looking cities around the world who are already exploring the huge opportunities which smart city schemes bring.

Before embarking on any scheme, city policy makers need to have a clear vision of what they are hoping to achieve, which should align closely to what the priorities of the city are, for instance: improving health outcomes, reducing traffic congestion, fostering innovation and carbon savings.

There have been examples of city halls using a collaborative and open approach, involving the private sector, technology solutions providers, academic institutions and local community groups to gain the best possible outcomes. Cities such as Copenhagen and Manchester have also discovered that a smart city scheme can help in fostering innovation and attracting tech start-ups and other SMEs to areas which have previously seen underinvestment.

Another key aspect of successful smart city initiatives is to ensure that any scheme is a collaborative approach between city halls and citizens. Cities such as Barcelona have engaged with citizens through every stage of their smart city scheme to secure public buy-in and to ensure the desired outcomes are achieved.

With LED street lighting achieving energy savings of 50-70%, as well as being able to facilitate the roll-out of smart city and Internet of Things technologies, municipalities around the world should not delay implementing this incredibly efficient technology.

For more information please contact The Climate Group at LED@theclimategroup.org.

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