Smart cities made simple.
Each community is unique. Smart City strategies should be too.
BUILDING BLOCKS OF A SMART CITY
Every community has a network of water, sewer and electrical lines connecting to critical facilities. Smart City infrastructure expands this network to include IoT connectivity to millions of devices such as sensors and cameras, but also powerful 5G and WiFi6 communication networks that provide exciting new capabilities for media, learning and commercial applications. We help simplify access to these new networks and facilitate connectivity.
One of the compelling by-products of the advanced connectivity provided by these new networks is the opportunity to collect and interpret data from the many devices and systems that they connect. The potential of this massive amount of data may only be realized by the deployment of sophisticated data analytics that turns raw information into new knowledge through understandable dashboards and applications.
Inherent in the term Smart Cities is the opportunity to access new knowledge derived from the increased connectivity afforded by the IoT Networks though data analytics. At Smart City Labs we go beyond that principle to consider how to develop access to training and learning opportunities for interested stakeholders across all demographics. This can be achieved in association with public and private partnerships.
Autonomous vehicles will rely on advanced networks of sensors and advanced analytics to safely guide them. Before cities are completely transformed by driverless cars, incremental advancements such as self-parking, driverless shuttles in dedicated lanes and autonomous industrial vehicles dedicated to moving freight in multimodal facilities will be introduced. New efficiencies in ancillary fields such as intelligent parking meter devices and parking structures will be key improvements in urban mobility.
CLEAN ENERGY RESOURCES
Cleaner energy sources are an integral part of a Smart City and in an urban setting that means clean solar power. The installation of rooftop solar arrays is often facilitated by funding from the local utility and the rooftop systems can be combined to create a Community Solar MicroGrid. Paired with on-site battery storage capabilities, the Solar MicroGrid can offer critical power backup capabilities in the case of natural disasters or rolling power blackouts.
For many stakeholders in a community, the capabilities provided by the 5G networks will be most easily understood by interactive and immersive media experiences described as “Activations”. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality- enhanced narratives can tell the stories of local history and culture in ways never before possible. These Activations also serve as a platform for understanding the nature of the human interactions that are at the core of the Activation installations.
Your community, our process.
The foundation of any Smart City project is a deep understanding of the community it will serve. The history and context, its business and social networks and its developed environment are as critical to understand as its existing infrastructure capabilities.
Beyond understanding what a community is today is an idea of what could lie ahead. Building on the potential of what exists by combining the possibilities of new technologies and capitalizing current resources is at the core of what we do.
In real estate, a project isn’t a success until a building is built and providing shelter or generating income. That same pragmatic approach is how we pursue our projects, always looking ahead to consider how something can be built, financed and how it will benefit its intended users.