Few things about smart cities

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Few things about smart cities

  1. 1. Few things I know about « Smart cities » The case of utilities Guillaume FERY May 2010
  2. 2. « Smart » what ? … <ul><li>Everything tends to be smart , even my tennis racket. </li></ul><ul><li>Everybusiness is supposed to be smart : water supply, beach, cinema, fridge, builders, public transportation, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Some people are talking about a « smarter planet  » in the fields of : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart utilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart education, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. A new world <ul><li>More and more sensors in our environment (water, transportation, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Connected appliances, networks with various protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Centralize databases with sophisticated alogorithms </li></ul>Sensors + Connexions + computerized intelligences = smart
  4. 4. New habits & trends in our lives <ul><li>Generation Y </li></ul><ul><li>Multi equiped homes : phones, TVs, PDAs, Set top box, gateways </li></ul><ul><li>2.0 society : everyone of us can be consumer/producer of anything (service, data and energy) </li></ul>
  5. 5. The case of smart utilities <ul><li>Market trends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New entrants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disruptive technologies (ditributed power generation, renewable, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aging assets performance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New expectations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher operational efficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher expectation on reliability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire by custome/consumer for a role in consumption measurement & management </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The case of utilities : major stakes (water, energy) Transform The utility network A new role for End-customers Ensure clean energy supply <ul><li>More info </li></ul><ul><li>More choice </li></ul><ul><li>More management </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved </li></ul>Control & optimize the assets Measure and optimize activity footprint
  7. 7. A new value chain ? Power supply End-customers Power supply End-customers Produce & sell energy New entrant End-customers
  8. 8. Some key levers for IT and marketing issues <ul><li>Legitimity of actors : would you let any start-up company managing your central heating and collect data from you home appliances ? </li></ul><ul><li>Share the value : if energy (or resource management) lead to savings, who will get the value ? What about the end-customer ? </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability and open source technology : how to communicate with various sensors and protocols ? Java, usb, M-bus, Wifi, WiMax, Zigbee, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Let’s be smart, innovative and able to use complex technology … but don’t forget : <ul><li>In the world, 1 billion people have no access to energy </li></ul><ul><li>At least 70% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately half the world’s population now live in cities and towns. In 2005, approximately 1 billion people was living in slum conditions. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Guillaume FERY </li></ul><ul><li>http://uk.linkedin.com/in/gfery </li></ul><ul><li>http://orignal.blogspirit.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://twitter.com/gfery </li></ul>Follow me !

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