Faced with the challenge of funding cuts, rising customer expectations, and having to move premises, Leicester (UK) City Council embarked on a business transformation strategy to take control of its data, enhance customer experience, and support flexible, collaborative working. Other cities will want to read how the modernization effort is reducing the council's costs and carbon footprint.
Examples and case studies
To successfully maintain a city of more than 50,000 residents and a growing number of visitors each year, the men and women of the Carson City Public Works Department created a municipal services infrastructure revolving around the capabilities of its people and the best available smart city technology from Schneider Electric. This case study highlights the challenges Carson City faced and how the Schneider Electric solution solves them.
Managers of the Barcelona El Prat Airport wanted to develop an integrated and centralized control platform to accommodate a major airport expansion that would have it triple in size. They deployed the Wonderware solution from Schneider Electric; it controls the processes throughout the airport that manage the terminal building and cooling and heating power plant as well as auxiliary buildings for luggage transport.
As increasing urbanization challenges cities, there are key technologies and social innovations needing further development. Among them, as this white paper from Alstom discusses, are the issues resulting from integration of distributed renewable energy resources with utility grids. Another is planning for compact cities with logistically sophisticated multi-modal transportation systems. This paper focuses on those and other expected changes to the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) required to support tomorrow's cities.
At a private correspondence school in Daigo-cho, Ibaraki, Japan, high school students are using 3G-enabled smartphones and digital textbooks as part of a collaborative venture with Qualcomm. The goal is to give students tools and content relevant to their lives to help motivate them to complete their education.