Technology is potentially evolving in recent years, leaving behind the concept of the traditional city and moving towards the Smart City. The current smart city concept seeks to maximise citizens’ quality of life and sustainable development through efficient and responsible management of its resources and services.
As a consequence of an evolving smart city, there is a need to integrate the city’s management and administration buildings into it, and the 4.0 city councils appear, where the intensive application of BigData and AI will radically change the working method, gaining in efficiency and improvement when offering services to citizens.
But before we get into the role of city councils in a smart city, let’s take a closer look at the Smart City concept.
What is a Smart City?
A Smart City or intelligent city is a city based on sustainable urban development thanks to the application of the aforementioned new technologies, whose main objectives are: to improve energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and increase the well-being of citizens.
Advanced management solutions cover different areas such as economy, mobility, environment, energy, supply, health, security, among others, and thus allow to be more efficient and provide better and new services.
Smart cities integrate society with their management, detecting the needs of citizens and offering solutions that improve the quality of life with the least environmental impact. The keys that define a Smart City are:
- Use of information and communication technologies
- Building and control automation
- Efficient urban planning
- Urban mobility and sustainable public transport
- Intelligent waste management
- Improving environmental sustainability
- Concern for the social environment
- Technologies applied to education
- Health technologies
- Advanced e-commerce system
- Transparency between governments and citizens
- Data sharing
Intelligent buildings or Smart Buildings
Smart Buildings are buildings that have a technological infrastructure that continuously obtains information to automate and optimise the performance of internal processes through the connection of IoT (Internet of Things) devices with software platforms that use the most advanced technology.
Among these processes and resources, we highlight the optimisation of lighting, air conditioning, access, video surveillance and security, parking, etc.
In addition, they are capable of providing valuable information based on the data that allows the individuals in charge of managing them to improve their decision-making.
City Council 4.0, the city’s centre of operations
Well, you may be wondering how and from where a Smart City is controlled and managed… this is where the main buildings around which the administration and management of a city revolves come to the fore: the city councils.
Nowadays, it is possible both to convert city councils into smart buildings that work autonomously to optimise themselves and make the most of internal processes and resources (City Councils 4.0), as well as to create a space located inside them for city management, which would be the operations centre capable of providing city service managers with the necessary tools to increase the efficiency of maintenance work. In addition to providing valuable information for decision-making.
From this operations centre, different types of solutions that can be implemented in smart cities are managed:
- Environmental quality
- Water supply
- Waste management
- Photovoltaic energy
- Air quality and meteorology
- Pedestrian crossing control
- Cycle lanes
- Parking spaces
- Traffic control
- Vehicle charging stations
- Building capacity
Management and security solutions
- Fire detection
- Access control
- Video surveillance
- Climate control
- Management of sports facilities
Public communication solutions
- Social Wifi
- Citizen card
- Citizen App
Nexus Integra, the enabler of digital transformation in city councils.
Nexus Integra is the platform that will allow you to promote the digital transformation of your city. You will be able to connect all municipal services, processing them through advanced analytics with Big Data and Machine Learning technologies, obtaining a single framework of operations for the monitoring, management and analysis of the information generated by all the Smart IoT solutions deployed in your city.
You will get dashboards adapted for each area, personalized alarms and reinforced security. Nexus Integra thus provides a reporting module with the performance indicators of your city, with which you can manage and monitor traffic, lighting, waste management, parking areas and much more in real time…
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