Main digitalization solutions: Smart Buildings, Smart Industry, Smart Cities

Smart solutions in conjunction with the IoT (Internet of Things) allows to combine a high-performance network with platforms that release the value of data to offer digital services that improve the life of different types of environments, from homes, to factories and entire cities.

By visualising and intelligently analysing data from different domains, organisations and cities can gain visibility and contextual awareness in real environments, providing them with the right information to make timely decisions.

These solutions are based on five key principles for their operation:

  • Prepared and digitised infrastructure.
  • Collaborative and openly available data.
  • Analytics focused on problem solving
  • Feedback and interconnection between devices and ecosystems
  • Adaptability and flexibility to change and new technologies

These types of solutions are not only applied in large cities, but they take into account several areas of interest, all of them in the same direction: digitising their processes to become infinitely more efficient and make the best possible use of resources.

Smart solutions for smart environments and buildings

What do they consist of?

Smart buildings arise from the implementation of Smart solutions for infrastructure management. Devices, including sensors and actuators, are installed that allow intelligent systems to obtain information from the physical world, process that information and be able to perform actions accordingly.

Smart homes, for example, can provide inhabitants with a large number of useful services and applications. They are equipped with intelligent home systems that can be classified in two general terms:

  • Support services: provide direct support to users, such as configuring devices according to user preferences or assistance for patients.
  • Management services: address specific functionalities. Examples include anti-intrusion security systems and gas leak detection systems.

At the base of such systems are home automation mechanisms, which provide the ability to monitor and control the basic components of a house, such as doors, temperature and energy and water saving efficient systems.

In a very similar way, smart environment applications have expanded to more complex buildings such as hospitals, large offices or educational centers among others. In this case, the sensors integrated in the environment will be able to give information to the staff, doctor, teacher or any relevant interested party.

How do they work?

Taking the case of a hospital as an example, the devices can be used either for medical monitoring in specific contexts, for example after surgery, or to improve diagnosis and support the follow-up and quality of life of elderly or disabled people.

Home automation allows the integration of all the building control systems, centralising them and automating them. But the data generated must be processed through signal processing algorithms, automatic learning and/or data analysis so that the systems can learn from them and become intelligent.

Intelligent buildings provide a host of common benefits, greatly reducing costs by reducing energy consumption, as well as using more resistant materials that extend their life. In addition, they respect the environment, integrating with the surroundings in which they are located and betting on the use of alternative energies.

Smart solutions for a smart industry

What do they consist of?

With the objective of boosting the agility, flexibility and innovation of companies and production plants to make them stronger and more competitive, Smart solutions create intelligent and self-optimising industrial facilities and equipment.

One of the bases for this to happen is the potential replacement of old electrical networks with networks capable of adapting and distributing energy and production according to demand.

To achieve the degree of automation and efficiency that an interconnected factory allows, innovative platforms and technologies are used, including 5G private networks, artificial intelligence and Business Intelligence tools. Large factories connect hundreds, if not thousands, of sensors and devices, not only within the plant, but also with other factories and the outside world.

How do they work?

Intelligent systems plan, control and optimise factory processes automatically and centrally, with minimum human intervention (examples are demand forecasting and response models, intelligent meters etc.).

The real value in this digital transformation is in improving the transparency of the production process across organisational boundaries, providing real-time reporting and monitoring with visibility into all industry processes on a single platform with customised integrations, accessible to all parties.

Production plants have become an inherently complex intelligent environment, as the digital and physical worlds are strongly intertwined. Interconnected systems link to cloud services for remote monitoring and data analysis.

This brings countless benefits to the industry, saving costs with proactive maintenance and responding faster to changing customer requirements. Quality controls become much more comprehensive and effective with the computerisation of quality samples, and the digitisation of mills limits paper waste, with processes and documents controlled and available at all times.

Smart solutions for smart cities

What do they consist of?

The objective of these solutions is a digital transformation of the cities to provide more efficient and responsive services. Its basis is a dynamic intelligent city platform that allows the use of advanced digital and network technologies to provide services adapted to the needs of citizens.

Smart cities are the richest and most complex scenario for the smart environment. They encompass different domains such as the environment, economy and mobility, as well as a large number of challenges associated with the participation of multiple actors with different needs and interests.

Their technologies are often transversal to all domains and challenges, and therefore the interoperability of technology solutions and standards is of utmost importance. The data generated by the different interconnected parts of the city are unlocked and combined to become valuable services and solutions that improve all city scenarios.

How do they work?

As we have previously mentioned, this type of Smart solutions is the most complex due to the magnitude of these projects. That is why a modular and scalable system is needed to cover any of the needs, combining four types of solutions that work together to create a smart city:

  • Smart Environment: optimisation of natural resources, preservation and protection of the environment, control and rationalisation of energy consumption, waste management, etc. 
  • Smart Mobility: planning and efficiency of public transport, congestion and traffic control, management of parking spaces and capacity, prioritisation of citizens in the field of mobility, etc.
  • Smart People: well-informed citizens, inclusive society, involvement of citizens in decision-making, internet access in public places, e-learning, etc.
  • Smart Living: quality of life for citizens, guaranteed video surveillance security, detection and management of natural disasters, public facilities, etc.

Smart environments are a set of implementations of Smart solutions applied to specific scenarios in the city. These environments, if they are interconnected between them and complete all the functions of a city in an intelligent way, constitute a Smart City.

 

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Smart environments: the combination of smart solutions

Smart businesses, smart buildings and smart cities come together at points of interaction. These interactions create new value opportunities for cities in an open and collaborative environment. There are all kinds of smart environments, from ports, beaches and buildings to businesses, power plants and airports.

Smart solutions that turn environments into Smart environments mean benefits for all parties; end users, companies with their suppliers and customers, regulatory bodies, citizens, technology providers, etc. Smart solutions have come to improve the way we work.

The Nexus Smart City solution allows you to centrally manage all the environments and services of the city in a personalised way, offering you a modular and scalable system to cover your customised needs:

  • Centralised data analysis
  • Centralised management of all services
  • Intelligent connectivity systems
  • Interoperability of devices and systems
  • Customised solution with easy scalability
  • Open system architecture

Contact us so that we can solve your doubts and advise you on the implementation of Nexus Smart City.