Smart Environment: improving energy efficiency & citizens’ guality of life

The growth, evolution of cities and their technological transformation towards Smart Cities represent one of the big challenges of the future. How to face the imminent demands to guarantee the quality of life of citizens and the sustainability of cities are the consequence of the need to implement Smart Environment solutions.

Below, we bring you the sustainability challenges of the cities of the future, the Smart Cities, and the need to apply solutions that act in the field of sustainability.

Smart Environment, an intelligent and sustainable solution

The world’s population is growing exponentially year after year, and carries out a large part of its daily activity in cities, which have become the main place of residence for this population.

According to UN data, a historic milestone was reached in 2010: the world changed from being largely rural to being largely urban. By 2050, between 75 and 85% of the population is expected to live in cities.

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With these forecasts in mind, problems arise as to how we will move around in them. Today there are 800 million vehicles in the world; by 2050 it is estimated that we could reach 3.000 million. This, added to the impact of energy consumption, makes us think about what percentage of this will come from renewable energies, and the future impact of greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, we are facing a major sustainability challenge in cities, forcing us to look for a new solution to guarantee the quality of life of citizens in a sustainable way.

In order to face this future, the development of a global solution is proposed, an interactive instrument for connecting all the data and its management called Smart City. A model for the integrated management of the city’s needs, creating an intelligent and sustainable environment: Smart Environment.

From Smart City to Smart Environment

Without a doubt, in this context, cities and those who live in them face great present and future challenges.

Today, technological applications have changed the way we relate to each other and to our environment. In this new scenario, huge amounts of information are generated in cities: traffic, energy services, public services, security, waste management, leisure, tourism resources, etc., and we are now living in a digital environment.

Following the digitisation of buildings, industries and public administrations, a new city is emerging, the Smart City, which draws on data to be managed more efficiently and improve people’s quality of life.

The technological revolution has reached cities. We are facing an unprecedented scenario, and an opportunity to solve and successfully face the sustainability challenges of cities, thanks to the application of Smart Environment solutions, which are those Smart City solutions that act in the field of sustainability.

Smart Environment areas of action

Within this environment, there are many areas of action of the Smart Environment and its benefits for citizens, including smart cities that are committed to the efficient management of energy and natural resources, with the aim of achieving energy efficiency, optimising consumption and increasing and optimising the use of renewable energies, as well as reducing CO2 emissions.

All these environmental actions go much further, from smart water consumption and management (supply, quality and smart irrigation) to sustainable waste treatment at all stages (collection, routing and alerts).

This solution also allows the creation of scenarios that act on environmental quality, meteorological measurements, gas emissions and waste in the air.

The result: cities that are conducive to improving people’s quality of life, favourable for their citizens and attractive for tourism. A solution that achieves greater efficiency in the use of resources and energy and, consequently, preserves and protects the environment.

Benefits of the Smart Environment

What are the main benefits of the Smart Environment?

The technological application of the Smart Environment seeks to have a positive impact on cities by generating a cause-effect of the compilation, measurement and collection of massive data for total control and parameterisation, with the benefit of being able to define indicators.

Thanks to the interpretation of these indicators, there is a greater capacity for analysis and a better decision-making capacity.
As a result, there is an increase in energy efficiency, both in consumption and in the appropriate implementation of renewable energies, generating a reduction in the carbon footprint, and a greater impact on the sustainability of the population (or Smart area) and, ultimately, an improvement in people’s quality of life.

Use cases: Giasha

Energy efficiency plan for Giasha.

Challenge:
Improve the control, responsiveness and efficiency of its facilities and processes.

Solution:
Implementation of Nexus Integra’s integrated operations platform along with its Smart SCADA, Alarms, Dashboards and Reporting applications.

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Use cases: Qatar

How to optimise water resources thanks to the application of Smart Environment in an environment where there is water scarcity.

Challenge:
Efficient water management and avoiding wastage.

Solution:
Implementation of Nexus Integra’s water efficiency solution, implementing smart irrigation systems.

How Nexus Integra implements Smart Environment sustainable solutions

Giasha and Qatar have achieved Smart Environment solutions thanks to the advantages offered by Nexus Integra and its platform to improve their efficiency and sustainability, thanks to: centralised data management, increased efficiency and effectiveness, technological innovation, and the development of tailor-made projects adapted to the necessary investment capacity.

At Nexus Integra we have the Smart Environment solution to analyse data centrally and make the best decisions, providing as a result services that improve the quality of life of citizens, that increase efficiency and sustainability, through an integrated, open and interoperable operations platform, involving all the agents of the city.

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