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Ensuring Energy Efficiency is a part of Smart Cities

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The idea of smart cities is a popular futuristic idea, but one that's not as far off as it once seemed. Smart cities are defined as ones "that incorporate information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance the quality and performance of urban services such as energy, transportation, and utilities in order to reduce resource consumption, wastage, and overall costs."

Key to these principles, ensuring the operations and added technology needed to run a smart city is done in an energy efficient manner is not only important but is inherent to the ideas and concepts behind the smart city. This hand-in-hand relationship between smart cities and efficiencies is what prompted researchers in Scotland to investigate "New digital twin technology" that "puts energy efficiency and sustainability at the heart of smart cities movement."

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As this press release notes: 

Utilising the latest digital technology to link IOT (Internet of Things) data, sensor readings, OpenData or any other data source into one interconnected platform, the ICL enables investigation of built environment performance at any level. 

The technology will provide decision makers with the information required to form intelligent solutions, by identifying the most effective and resource efficient ways in which they can dramatically reduce the use of energy and fossil fuels within a community.  

What are your thoughts on the smart city of tomorrow? Is energy efficiency a key component or will it get forgotten? Or approached the other way, is an energy efficient city inherently a smart city? What's the relationship, and what would you like to see from a utility-standpoint for the city of tomorrow?



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