Singapore, London and Barcelona top Philips Lighting smart city report

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  Posted by: electime      13th February 2018

Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld have come together to produce a report that highlights the drivers and hurdles faced by local authorities considering implementing a smart city programme.

Singapore, London and Barcelona have been named some of the world’s best smart cities, according to the in-depth research including 150 city-planning influencers.

Visionary leadership seems to be the overriding factor that would lead the smart city programmes to success, the report shows, which was cited by 56 per cent of respondents.

Barcelona has recently implemented Internet of Things (IoT) systems into their programme, which has created an estimated 47,000 jobs, saved 42.5 million euros on water a year, as well as generating an extra 36.5 million euros through smart parking.

The report reveals that one in ten city authorities lack capacity to develop a smart city programme, while one in ten authority representatives stated they did not have the capacity to look at developing one either, being held back by budget limitations, a lack of infrastructure, short term planning and a lack of leadership on implementation.

23 per cent of those studied are struggling with budget limitations, in fact. The report suggests that projects can deliver short-term gains, as well as providing infrastructure long-term, an example being telco-integrated street lighting in San Jose and smart LED streetlights in Los Angeles which deliver annual cost savings of USD nine million and will repay the upfront cost within seven years.

Street lighting receiving 50 per cent of a city’s energy budget has been proven common. Smart lighting technology has been to lower crime rates, support local businesses as well as create an aesthetically pleasing environment for city dwellers, as well as lower energy consumption.

Cities consume 70 per cent of the world’s energy and by 2025, urban areas will be home to an additional 2.5 billion people than what we have today. Cities need to prepare for the demand on occupancy and energy increases, and local authorities must tackle areas such as technology, communications, data security and energy usage.

Jacques Letzelter, Segment Manager at Philips Lighting said: “City authorities face complex and challenging choices concerning infrastructure, balancing the need to maintain existing services while investing in improvements, managing population growth and enhancing sustainability – all within tight budget constraints,” said Jacques Letzelter, Segment Manager at Philips Lighting.

The top three smart cities have their different strengths in their smart city programmes. Singapore was commended for its forward-thinking infrastructure including its buildings, transportation and use of underground space, while London was praised for its focus on communities when implementing technology, one respondent described London as a “honey pot of technologies and partnerships”. Barcelona was noted for its top-level government driving change.