Why smart cities are essential for conservation

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Increased connectivity means that the way cities and utilities operate in the future will be very different to today. A recent article on the Intelligent Utility website explored in more detail how interconnectivity is set to change the face of cities throughout the world, and what this means for their energy consumption.
 
As the article notes, interconnectivity is more than just a 'buzzword'; it's a crucial part of conserving our precious energy resources.
 
With the right data, we can make better energy decisions - whether that's turning the heating down, switching off lights, or putting computers into sleep mode. And when technology connects those devices - meaning, for example, that a streetlight could also be used to measure air quality - both businesses and consumers can see even better results.
In the case of smart cities, interconnectivity allows cities to connect with their utilities and public service departments to improve their energy management efforts on both a short- and long-term basis, reducing costs and inefficiencies wherever possible.
 
In order to make the smart city movement possible, communication networks need to work with all varieties of sensors, meters and technologies, and be able to adapt to changing needs and technological advancements.
 
Data analytics also play a crucial role in boosting efficiency, transforming information into insights that utilities can act upon. With data volumes growing all the time, analytics allow utilities to better manage this information and promote interconnectivity internally, as well as among other city organisations.
 
Smart meters are another key element in improving operations within a city, helping to coordinate gas, electric and water utilities so that they become more streamlined and efficient. By integrating data and exchanging information, public service providers can align themselves to get a holistic view of a city's infrastructure, meaning they can more easily identify issues and potential opportunities for lowering costs.
 
So, what exactly are the benefits of smarter cities?
 
Intelligent communication networks eliminate the barriers between utility departments and allow organisations to see 'the bigger picture' of how each action can affect the group as a whole. They can also help to bring disparate groups together to improve a city's operations, which has long-term benefits for consumers and the environment.
 
What's more, by providing customers with not only their individual energy usage, but that of the entire neighbourhood, communities can feel empowered to initiate their own conservation strategies and targets.
 
AVReporter Energy Management Software is part of E.ON Smart City Programme. Follow this blog to find out details later. 
 
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