Smart Environments for Smart Cities: How do they work?

Smart cities are a framework, predominantly made up of information and communication technologies (ICT), in which urban planning and sustainable development practices are developed and implemented to address the growing challenges of urbanisation.

IoT applications are fed back by an intelligent network of connected objects and machines that transmit data using wireless technology and the cloud.

Supported by Big Data, smart cities use this data to implement measures that improve efficiency and the quality of life of the inhabitants.

At what point are Smart Cities?

The latest study by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) concludes that “In 2050 the world population will rise to 9,000 million people, and that 70% of these will live in urban centres”. From this arises a trivial need to optimize the operation of cities and maximize the agility of their management.

For this reason, more and more cities are moving towards the Smart City model. According to the latest Statista report, total investment in this sector was around 124,000 million last year. And although some of the pioneering cities in this trend, such as Tokyo, Singapore or New York, are implementing measures at a global level, most of the advances are happening in terms of specific environments of the cities themselves.

What are Smart Solutions

Before delving into the variety of environments that make up smart cities, we briefly explain what Smart solutions consist of, in charge of turning a city into a smart one.

These Smart solutions are intelligent services to measure and control the basic needs of a Smart City, through a modular and scalable system of connected management systems that facilitate the control and management of different areas of the city. In the case of Nexus Smart City, there are 4 main areas of solutions to implement:

  • Smart Environment: Smart solutions for the environment consist of smart systems for managing environmental quality, irrigation, waste, photovoltaics, lighting, weather station and water supplies. Its objective is to improve energy efficiency and the quality of the environment in cities.
  • Smart Mobility: Smart solutions for urban mobility consist of intelligent monitoring systems for pedestrians, bike lanes, parking spaces, charging stations, capacity control, traffic control and tourist saturation. Its objective is to reduce the noise of cities so that it can function normally.
  • Smart Living: Smart solutions for homes and everyday life consist of intelligent fire detection systems, video surveillance, air conditioning and management of sports facilities. Its objective is to improve the quality of life of citizens.
  • Smart People: Smart solutions for citizens consist of optimising the services offered to them, taking into account that co-habitants are are crucial to co-build a better city for all. These solutions include informational Mupis, citizen cards, citizen Apps and social Wifi. Its objective is to enhance communication between the different parties.

What are the Smart Environments of a Smart City

Smart Environments are a set of implementations that consist of the combination of multiple Smart solutions applied to specific city scenarios.

One of the advantages of creating environments from smart solutions is that they can grow and expand over time, being possible to integrate new Smart solutions easily and simply and whenever necessary.

Although there are common benefits for the different types of environments, such as the intelligent management of light and water (promoting efficient and responsible consumption) or the management of shifts, capacity and parking, there are unique qualities of each of the environments.

That is why we propose below some of the most common intelligent environments.

Smart Ports

Ports are part of increasingly extensive transport systems and supply chains with increasingly complex logistics. They are currently in a unique position to extract the potential of high technology and thus improve their competitiveness.

Smart ports can collect data from around the world, to obtain information on maritime traffic and the most suitable conditions for loading and unloading of goods. Thanks to this type of action, exact times can be established for putting containers into circulation and the forces involved in the journey can be measured to distribute the loads more efficiently.

In addition, inbound and outbound ships can be managed continuously and seamlessly, accurately set container capacity on each ship, and prevent loss of goods with automatic tracking.

 

Smart Beaches

The smart beach model revolves around safety, sustainability and accessibility. The implementation of technological innovations such as drones or capacity control opens the door to a more efficient allocation of coastguards, with the beaches being safer for users.

In addition, algorithmic solutions focused on data analysis, as well as the sensorisation of showers and other water distribution points, promote an efficient use of this resource and ensure the quality of the natural elements of the beaches.

This set of advantages results in a more efficient management of coastal resources (water, electricity, waste…), as well as a better experience for users.

Smart Buildings

Smart buildings use Internet of Things (IoT) devices (sensors, software, online connectivity) to monitor various building features, analyse data, and generate information on usage patterns and trends that can be used to optimise the environment and building operations.

The IoT allows you to collect data on any aspect of the building’s operation. For example, IoT sensors can be connected to all equipment for the purpose of monitoring power quality, performing predictive maintenance, activating occupancy detection, or making accurate energy measurements.

smart hotel solutions mean the ability to provide faster and more targeted guest choices without sacrificing quality. This capacity is applicable to, from room service, activities and catering to reservation systems and needs, making it possible to access them with the click of a button.

Smart City technology helps you control all city environments and is applicable to an almost infinite variety of environments; buildings for both personal use (apartments) and commercial (shopping centers) or public (schools), airports, sports centers, transport systems, power plants and many more. Not only will it allow you to offer a better service, but it will also greatly reduce the costs and complications associated with its management.

And many more, for example: schools and cultural buildings, markets, power plants, airports, sports facilities, transports.

Nexus Smart City to manage city services in a comprehensive way

The Smart City solution is applicable to an infinite variety of environments; buildings for personal, commercial or public use, airports, sports centers, transportation systems, power plants and many more. Not only will it allow you to offer a better service, but it will also greatly reduce the costs and complications associated with its management.

Nexus Integra’s Smart City solution allows you to centrally manage all city services (individually or together), offering you the ability to view, analyse and manage them in a comprehensive way.

Some of its most characteristic benefits are the following:

  • Centralised data
  • KPIS management and control
  • Security (Certified in the National Security Scheme)
  • Improves the quality of life of citizens
  • Increases efficiency and sustainability
  • Works with an open and interoperable platform
  • It involves all the agents of the city: city councils, hospitals, schools, transport, IT departments, etc.

Contact us to request more information about Nexus Smart City and be part of the transition to a safer, more connected and sustainable city.