Oct - 2013: Louth County Council are partners in a new and innovative EU funded project called INDICATE.
INDICATE will support stakeholders in the transition towards smart cities by providing an interactive decision support tool for urban planning and design. The tool will assess the interactions between urban objects and spaces, buildings, the electricity grid, renewable technologies and ICT and recommend options for optimising infrastructure, installing technology, and providing cost effective utility services.
More information here: http://www.indicate-smartcities.eu/
There are eight partners involved in this project made up of a well balanced mix of Large Companies, SME’s, Universities and Public Authorities from 4 different European countries (UK, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland). The Council’s role is to provide energy data from it’s public buildings and to enable data from Dundalk 2020 project to assist in model validation and verification of energy use in a town for use as a software planning tool.
So what is the INDICATE – Smart Cities Project and what is the need for it? Lets begin with the need for it
Currently the world population is in excess of 7 billion with a low forecast of 8 billion by 2050 with a high forecast of 10.5 billion. It is estimated that over seventy percent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. This equates to 6.4 billion people living in cites by 2050. Energy consumption in urban areas is estimated to be approximately 80% of all commercial energy produced globally. This is largely driven by the combustion of fossil fuels consumed in an array of urban processes ranging from residential, to industrial, through to transport etc. ‘Smart’ technologies are seen as a major technological step forward with respect to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of urban systems
The smart city can be defined as the integration of technology into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well-being, and economic development. This will be achieved through the development of an interactive cloud-based tool, which will provide dynamic assessment of the interactions between buildings, the electricity grid, Renewable Technologies and Information Communication Technologies (ICT). Recommendations will be provided with respect to the best technologies to install, the infrastructure that requires improvement to enable local balancing and the utility services that offer the best financial plan
The INDICATE project will create this cloud-based interactive decision support tool that will help with the development of urban master plans; support the decision maker with respect to the integration of technologies and renewables in their neighbourhood which will help reduce consumption and demand on fossil fuels; and support the optimisation of existing systems in cities that are already reaching ‘Smart’ City status. It can be used in a city/town where the buildings and their urban environment are at an early stage of the sustainable development or in contrast where the city/town has already installed smart grid infrastructure and energy efficient technologies are present in many buildings. As such the tool can be used to support the decision maker regardless of the stage of development of the city/town or its technological advancement.