SMART SOLUTIONS 2: Integrated Infrastructures

Integration of new and existing infrastructure is the second of 3 action areas on which the GrowSmarter project will be focused

Significant and as yet insufficiently tapped value is offered by integrating both active and passive infrastructure networks within and across cities – be they energy, transport, communications or others – rather than duplicating these needlessly. Many such infrastructures are ageing; budgets to replace them are stretched; they are procured and managed ‘in silos’; so the potential for cities and their customers through new joined-up approaches, exploiting modern technologies is substantial. European Innovation Platform 

The Lighthouse cities  will apply a range of smart integrated infrastructure solutions, as described below:

5. Smart street lighting

Street lighting keeps urban centres safe, but traditional lampposts consume huge amounts of energy. Combining energy efficient LED bulbs with motion sensors will allow lampposts to dim when nobody is around and brighten up as people approach. What’s more, by using lampposts as communications hubs and EV charging points, the lighthouse cities will get more for their money.

Under this solution a number of sub-solutions will be implemented. To find out in which Lighthouse City they will be implemented the industry partners involved and detailed factsheets, please see below

6. Waste heat recovery

Open district heating is a method of using waste heat from data centres and supermarkets and reusing it to heat apartment blocks. By letting district heating operators buy excess heat and sell it on, less energy will be needed to heat buildings and heating costs can be brought down.

Under this solution a number of sub-solutions will be implemented. To find out in which Lighthouse City they will be implemented the industry partners involved and detailed factsheets, please see below.

7. Smart waste collection

Sometimes, what’s needed is a simple solution. Separating waste into different coloured bags makes it quick and easy to sort. By combining this with an automated collection service which uses vacuum technology to suck the bags through underground tubes, dirty city centre waste trucks could be a thing of the past.

Under this solution a number of sub-solutions will be implemented. To find out in which Lighthouse City they will be implemented the industry partners involved and detailed factsheets, please see below.

8. Big data management

Open data platforms can help cities collect and analyse data patterns for essential city activities such as traffic management, communications and infrastructure. This information can then be fed into informed decisions about future investments. Key performance indicators will allow the cities to monitor their overall environmental performance on an ongoing basis.

Under this solution a number of sub-solutions will be implemented. To find out in which Lighthouse City they will be implemented the industry partners involved and detailed factsheets, please see below.