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What is a smart city?
A smart city is an urban area that employs technologies and strategies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics to gain insights, manage resources and optimize services efficiently. It’s a digital transformation for sustainable urban development and represents the future of city infrastructure.
Smart buildings have applied intelligent networking to optimize how their built environment operates for its occupants. Smart cities do the same—across a wider array of systems, people and networks.
By integrating information and communication technology (ICT) with sensors in devices such as LED lighting—connected to the IoT network—a city can leverage data and applications. It’s a smart solution to manage resources, enhance energy efficiency and performance, and reduce costs and resource consumption for a more sustainable approach to daily living.
Dalkia’s smart city solutions
Dalkia smart city solutions combine smart hardware and software to not only produce data, but to also improve residents’ safety, communication, health and mobility. Incredible new technologies from Dalkia for smart cities are already available, with more under development.
Dalkia develops outcome-based financial and contractual models that help local governments digitize their urban infrastructure operations, generate new revenue streams and reduce their cost of delivery of city services.
By blending people, technology and data, Dalkia enhances value to America’s vibrant and diverse communities.
Smart lighting for smarter cities
Smart lighting technologies are one effective step on a smart city roadmap. Street lighting systems, for example, can be replaced with LED technologies during a lighting renovation project to boost energy savings, reduce energy consumption and monitor light outages.
Electronic IoT sensors can respond to environments and human activity, providing adapted lighting while collecting data for valuable insights into usage and demands. Remote lighting management can optimize energy efficiency and generate significant energy savings.
Technologies like smart lighting perform best when combined with other hardware and software components. Following a smart lighting installation, other new connected services can more easily be adopted and integrated, offering greater options for enhanced quality of life. For example, when paired with gunshot detection software, smart lighting could illuminate the crime scene while the detection system alerts authorities.
Renovating and rethinking lighting is not just about reducing energy bills—it’s also about making urban lighting a source of comfort, safety and enhancement of the space. We work across the entire value chain to make city or neighborhood lighting more efficient and better valued.
Learn how Dalkia and its worldwide EDF affiliates deliver smart city solutions in communities around the world.
With aging infrastructure and severe weather disturbances on the rise, the traditional central power grid faces a growing set of challenges. Cold waves, for example, can lead to consumption peaks that may strain resources. Widespread regional power outages are increasingly common.
Dalkia invented the thermal smart grid as a solution. An intelligent heating network, the grid collects and analyzes energy usage data with real-time monitoring, and responds quickly to meet rising and falling demands for more reliable, cost-effective energy management. These smart grids allow facilities and cities to power with more reliable, cleaner energy while gaining freedom from aging grids.
EDF France also developed the EDF City Platform, a three-dimensional urban planning tool that leverages EDF’s integrated city solutions across sectors like energy, transport and water management. City planners can use the tool to achieve their key indicator goals on issues like GHG emissions, energy, quality of life and cost.
The Research and Development team at EDF Energy UK is helping Britain achieve net zero carbon emissions. As the largest producer of low-carbon electricity in the UK, EDF Energy is helping leaders around the world envision how technology and data can be leveraged to make their cities more sustainable, resilient and livable.
EDF Energy UK is advancing research in the fields of low carbon generation, modeling and simulation, environment and natural hazards, energy system design, smart cities, local energy systems, energy storage and efficiency, and smart digital technology.
By adapting services such as lighting master plans to a city’s specific needs and budgets, Citelum helps communities enhance their illumination, visual appeal and public safety. Citelum has partnered with cities such as Dijon, France; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Syracuse, Sicily. Learn more about the turnkey smart city solutions Citelum provided Albuquerque, New Mexico with this case study and video.