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Last edited 16 Feb 2017
Data from smart energy meters
Smart initiatives are transforming the way that people live in cities across the world. From automated lighting to train ticketing and integrated energy systems, cities across the world are embracing the power of digital data to create more resilient, efficient, affordable and liveable places to live and work.
First, is it being designed with enough insight into the priorities of the people who will use it? Does it solve real life problems and make living in cities better for residents?
And second, can the new initiative engage and inspire people to support and adopt it, so that they and the whole city can reap the benefits?
The most effective smart city initiatives become a part of everyday life for people – not an abstract policy. People need to understand the relevance of initiatives to their daily lives and recognise how they will make their lives better. Otherwise, what is the incentive for them to adopt new ways of doing things, however easy?
 Digital technology that interacts with households
- interact with city-wide systems to manage demand
- identify households in fuel poverty
- interact with micro-generation of renewable energy
Digitisation of energy is well underway in Britain with around five million smart meters already installed and every home to be upgraded by 2020. This brings our energy system into the digital age with connectivity to every home that will enable cities and the entire country to better meet future energy demands.
Smart meters are an essential step for consumers to a world where they have better control of their energy, can have smarter, more energy efficient homes and can band together with their neighbours to buy and even to generate their gas and electricity.
Britain’s smart meter rollout is transforming the previous analogue experience of buying and using energy, responding to consumers’ desire for greater visibility and more control over what they’re using.
It’s for this reason that Smart Energy GB has developed the REAL Ratio, a framework for local authorities, central government and policy makers to assess how people-centric their approach to delivering smart projects is. REAL – which stands for ‘resilient, ‘efficient’, ‘affordable’ and ‘liveable’ – is a simple, user friendly lens through which policy makers can define, design and deliver smart cities.
It can help policy makers to focus on outcomes rather than methods. And it should encourage cities to avoid traditional sector-based siloes by providing a way for policy makers to compare different projects through a single, user-friendly framework.
Smart technology has the potential to transform our cities and the lives of the people that live in them but only if we keep in mind that cities are made of people, not buildings, roads and pipes, and that our plans must be built around them.
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