Digital City as a Service
Agile, Software Defined and Data Analytics Driven
By 2050, based on the UN forecast, nearly 70% of the Earth’s population will be concentrated in urban centres. Such a rapid shift in urbanization along with increasing growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as well as Internet of Things (IoT), is accelerating the social and economic transformation of cities to make them more dynamic, progressive and self-sufficient.
Employing IoT provides an opportunity to connect 2GG devices at different locations, acquire stored data in accessible manner to then view/analyse and use when needed from one location (cloud operating platform). It also enables the development of data management solutions that ensure data connectivity, integrity and predictive analysis of diverse data streams to facilitate new services to citizens, companies and public administrations.
Building blocks for interconnected Digital Cities
Connectivity Block: ICT backbone for the city that facilitates a connected database management system responsible for the capture, aggregation and transport of data. Data retrieval can occur across a broad set of end points from sensors in embedded devices, to Internet of Things (IoT) monitors and data collectors.
Analytics Block: Unified platform to store and analyse data through an analytics system, thus facilitating data processing in order to provide deep insights from IoT sensors.
Application Block: Application platform to host all end user applications on a connected management system - creating swift development, deployment and maintenance of applications that manage the Digital City.
INNOVATION, EFFICIENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Digital City as a Service
Agile Analytics, Software Oriented and Data Value Driven
By 2050, based on the UN forecast, 68% of the Earth’s population will be concentrated in urban environments. Such a sudden shift in urbanization together with increasing growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as well as Internet of Things (IoT), is accelerating the digital transformation of cities to make them more dynamic, progressive and autonomous.
Roll-out of IoT devices provides an opportunity to connect different devices at various locations in order to acquire gathered data in accessible manner, to then revise/analyse and apply when necessary, from one central location (cloud operating platform). 2GG enables the development of data management solutions that support data connectivity, integration and agile predictive analysis of multiple data streams as a means to facilitate novel services and tools for citizens, utilities and city administration.
Building blocks for an interconnected Digital City
enabled by 2GG
Collection Block: Through 2GG communication solutions we facilitate deployment of the IoT backbone for gathering, accumulation, processing and transmission of data. Data collection can take place throughout multiple end points ranging from sensors, meters, IoT devices to data concentrators and gateways (2GG or third party).
Analytics Block: With a scalable platform for gathering, processing and categorising data through a centralised system, we alleviate the upgrade of data management in order to boost implementation of advanced analytics. 2GG uses an open approach for integration on all levels of server solutions.
Integration Block: 2GG data can be integrated in numerous application platforms and data management solutions, thus providing extensive opportunities for a structured implementation of generated data and a gradual development of the IoT system that manages the Digital City. By doing so we ensure that deployment of innovative applications and services is optimised whilst novel technologies are implemented swiftly.
EFFICIENCY, RELIABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Digitalization of city infrastructures and services is becoming perpetually software oriented and data value driven. Deploying smart meters for city wide data gathering and processing will be vital for Digital Cities of the future in the quest to create and sustain not only secure and adaptable but also progressive, sustainable and dynamic urban environments. Both public administrations and companies can use the acquired data to enable a framework for a system-of-systems that will integrate serviceable data into an overarching data platform and directly impact climate change by employing the application of efficient energy/water management and advanced end-to-end waste management.
ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT
Dynamic innovation in digital technologies and the growing enthusiasm of consumers regarding energy and water efficiency provides excellent opportunities for transition into a lower carbon energy system. 2GG smart metering delivers tangible analysis of real-time streaming data about energy/water consumption to citizens and utilities, so they can accordingly improve day-to-day management of limited natural resources, based on reliable feedback. Deployment of smart metering by means of one central management system is a unique opportunity to monitor vast information on how to mitigate energy/water consumption (peak and off-peak), optimize or adjust energy/water usage, predict demand response, identify performance malfunctions, detect different irregularities (as water leaks), reduce maintenance/operational expenses and make attentive examination of energy/water efficiency. ICT and IoT increase facility management efficiency that equips utilities with dynamic in-depth insights thus enabling access to data-driven adjustment measures on demand. Improving end-to-end customer experience and increasing transparency are prime objectives of digital strategy for advanced cities.
By 2050, the quantity of global waste is expected to grow toward 3.40 billion tonnes annually whilst solid waste related emissions are anticipated to increase toward 2.38 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent. This poses an immense challenge for public waste collection services as they implement advanced waste management systems for reduction, collection, recycling and disposal of solid waste. With 2GG multi-technology communication solutions that enable gathering and processing data from sensors in waste containers, municipalities may count on end-to-end waste management to provide them with reliable and eco-friendly solutions. Additionally, city administration may also facilitate a modern citizen response system for eServices by entrusting citizens to notify them (through an app where they upload discontents) on locations that need additional waste containers or on malfunctioning sensors. For instance, when residents notice a problem, they post an image about the concern as well as a short description. The app, supported by GIS technology, sends the location of the complaint to the public waste collection services and task is assigned to the nearest operating team to resolve the issue. When the adjustment is made, the waste collector or vendor validates it by uploading an image. 2GG system ultimately aims at integrating data from various sensors and facilities across the city in order to enable autonomous interaction among diverse data platforms. Essentially, by juxtaposing waste management data with real-time traffic and road conditions data, the public waste collection services will be able to determine not only the optimal routes for collection vehicles, but also the most appropriate time for waste collection.
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT
Throughout the EU, buildings are collectively accountable for 40% of energy consumption and generate 36% of greenhouse gas emissions. Essentially, residential and various types of commercial buildings are commonly inefficient – hence place pervasive strain on natural resources. Smart buildings implement advanced technologies that connect a variety of subsystems in order to deploy an optimal building management system which reduces maintenance costs, operational expenses, optimises building energy efficiency, improves grid reliability, meets regulatory mandate and advances sustainability goals (such as monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions). In particular, smart buildings that are based on green building standards and employ the use of smart metering for advanced building analytics (of real-time and historical data), acquire actionable insights for improvement and optimisation of overall building performance thus minimising the carbon footprint and contributing to higher quality of interconnected facility services.
2GG enabled DCaaS facilitates:
Emerging IoT technologies together with Smart Metering architectures can enable services such as: User Awareness, State Estimation and Demand Response.
Other examples of services include:
fast fault detection,
distribution quality monitoring,
detection of unauthorized usage,
DMA zone creation,
pump operation optimization,
distribution temperature monitoring.