A smart approach: Italian telecom and energy utility explore network synergies

Wed, 2014-03-12 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

Two major utilities based in Italy are exploring how they might leverage each other’s networks and infrastructures to improve service and operations. Telecommunications provider Telcom Italia and energy giant Enel—an SCC Global Partner—have signed an agreement to identify possible synergies in their respective networks. The two players are looking at boosting fiber optic development and implementing innovative solutions in electricity distribution, according to a report from Telecompaper.

The agreement is worth noting because it speaks to several key principles that underlie smart city development. For example, it’s recognition that dependencies exist when implementing information and communications technology (ICT) solutions. For instance, smart grids and electrical distribution rely on specialized communications network, so integrated development in these areas often makes sense.

The Telcom Italia and Enel initiative also demonstrates the smart city focus on creating sustainable systems -- systems that use resources efficiently. One way to do that is by reducing costs through infrastructure sharing. Here are some other smart practices that support sustainability:

  • Reducing duplication of effort
  • Increasing economies of scale
  • Embedding best practices
  • Squeezing the maximum value from assets

You can learn about these and other sustainability tactics in the Smart Cities Readiness Guide. The Guide provides a “vision” of a smart city and helps you understand how technology will transform the cities of tomorrow. It also helps you construct your own roadmap to that future.  Your free Smart City Council registration enables you to download this ground-breaking resource. Register now. >>