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Turning Smart Cities into Intelligent Urban Ecosystems

AudreyCox

To build a city that supports its citizens for decades to come, we need to identify what really matters and create an architectural framework that supports that vision. A smart city should be designed to achieve holistic objectives, focusing on intelligent urban ecosystem development.

Current smart city strategies are inadequate if governments, businesses, and citizens want to benefit from the broader value of an intelligent urban ecosystem. Partners and their stakeholders driving digital transformation need to develop a data-focused urban infrastructure and citizen service strategy.

There are plenty of opportunities to do the same, and more enabled by emerging technologies such as 5G, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Around these technologies is a vibrant, multi-dimensional ecosystem embracing traditional players, technology providers, and innovators, with potentially infinite combinations to solve each unique city problem.

Technologies are the core enabler for such transformations, but they are not enough to make something “smart.” Rather, the "smart" label should be assigned only when technology enables a foundational change, such as dramatically reducing water or power losses, transforming an insecure area into a public garden for families, or improving accessibility to people with disabilities. With a proper vision, a city can become more efficient and sustainable, and citizens' daily experiences will improve.

By 2050, seventy percent of the global population will live in urban areas. Fortunately, the digital revolution holds the promise for responding to the challenges created by inexorable urbanization. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) OEM Solutions and IoT, in particular, offers far-reaching opportunities to change the trajectory of asset and resource management and usage to help cities become more efficient and sustainable as demands increase. A key goal of a smart city is to enhance the use of public resources, increasing the quality of services offered to its citizens while reducing operational costs. While this objective cannot be attained with technology alone, leveraging the deployment of IoT within a city can go a long way towards the goal.

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The HPE Universal IoT platform delivers end-to-end functionalities and creates the technical and economic conditions for offering energy management applications to consumers, industries, and cities on a single cost-effective, standard-compliant, scalable, and vendor-agnostic multi-tenant platform. HPE Universal IoT Platform makes it easy for cities, and enterprises to onboard new use cases and rapidly achieve successful outcomes.

 

HPE OEM – Success Stories Building the Smart Cities of Tomorrow

SixSq provides cloud and edge solutions which allow companies and institutions to benefit from the latest technologies in a secure and scalable way.  The company focuses on cloud and edge solutions for smart cities & beyond delivering software solutions combined with the HPE OEM and IOT program to accelerate reliability at the edge. The HPE OEM partnership gave SixSq the access of HPE Edgeline 4000 product portfolio. The relationship is so promising as SixSq software is on the HPE Edgeline devices makes the value proposition so assertive to explain to most of the stakeholders in the market. The applications are endless like reduction in noise pollution, monitoring air quality, traffic control and many more ways to engage and leverage the edge.

  1. GridComm- Here is another example of how HPE enabled GridComm's solutions to drive cost savings for a city's government. A typical city has 100,000 street lights that use approximately S$24 million of electricity per year. The cost to adoptgridComm's smart lighting system is about S$130 per street light - a total initial investment of upgrading all the lights in the city will run up to around S$13 million.

 

But with gridComm's smart lighting system in place, the city saves an estimated 50 percent on lighting costs, or S$12 million a year. GridComm started working with HPE in 2017 when we were selected as the first company to participate in HPE's InnovateNext programme," said the Chief Executive Officer of GridComm, Mr. Holt.

"By working with HPE, we have made our street light platform more scalable and flexible for IoT device management. Our vision of data driving smart cities is in line with HPE's focus on managing and analyzing data from core to edge”. "Our partnership with HPE data analytics has yielded a critical solution for street light control, smart city sensor integration, and data analysis," said Mr. Holt.


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