EFFICIENT CITIES, SMARTER FUTURE
Data & Digital
Cities are getting smarter, the age of the Internet of Things (IoT) has brought with it an increasingly broad range of sensors and IoT platforms. Many of these have made their way into the smart cities sector, heat pumps are increasingly connected as are heating and cooling systems and so the data they produce can be used for multiple purposes;
- Optimising design of plant and systems
- Optimising building performance
- Power grid efficiency
- Energy storage optimisation
Smart city integrated platforms may be deployed in a private, public, or hybrid cloud, via remote server, or on- premise. Private clouds are maintained by the platform provider. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is rapidly emerging as the most popular public cloud in this space. Hybrid public/private clouds are also a popular option, with the public cloud in place to serve peaks in data demand.
Cities can’t be “smart” unless the right people are empowered to make good decisions. Large networks of legacy systems, combined with new IoT-based sensors and systems, can make it challenging for smart cities to manage all these different data sources and turn the data into useful, actionable information. This requires shareable data, perhaps freely or for a price or some model in between. It needs multiple parties to provide and use the data, in short it needs a platform.
A data platform is an integrated technology solution that allows data located in database(s) to be governed, accessed, analysed and delivered to users, data applications, or other technologies for strategic purposes. Building the platform in the cloud will enable Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to be leveraged.
The city data platform underpins the Smart City providing shared data insights and linking systems together. It is unlikely to be one platform, rather an eco-system of platforms that work together. Achieving consensus about a data structure or dictionary in any sector is nearly impossible because of all the competing ideas and technologies. Enabling one to emerge through evolution and to continue to evolve is clearly a better way.
At Clade we are working to build a data architecture that will aggregate heat pump and cooling data and leverage AI to provide insights. These insights will be used to drive improvements for our customers and potentially to a wider city scale.