The transition from smart buildings to smart cities

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There was an era when humans were not as advanced as they are today, humans had become smart but lacked the ability to develop something smarter than them. As the 20th-century concluded, humans started progressing and developing intellectually, and it is easy to see how far we have come as a race. Humans have accomplished the aim of inventing smart devices and have also developed an ecosystem for most of them, but the point is, are we able to assist our globe through these smart devices? It is reported that 70 per cent of our resources are being utilised by urban cities and it is determined that 66% of the world population will be living in cities by 2050, so we can conclude that the percentage of resource consumption will increase significantly.

To solve this challenge, the Indian Government recently declared the smart city mission which aims to build 100 such cities in the country, which are worked towards being citizen friendly and sustainable. The government has started doing its bit keeping the near future in mind, but the private sectors still lack the motivation of financing such projects due to the smart city challenges which are unreasonably high in cost and consumption. The cost of construction is relatively high in the current era to develop building management systems require high-quality workers and a large amount of electricity.

Another thing to remember is cybersecurity. It is essential to protect the safety of inhabitants of these cities. To fit in such requirements of a smart city, a lot of investment and effort is required which demotivates private organisations. One of the companies willing to help in the development of these cities is Schneider Electric which has a project named EcoStruxure which has all the requirements in the right ratios and is aiming to transform the buildings into smart buildings.

Smart buildings are a significant step in the growth of building management and will allow the city in utilise resources in a limited manner. Most of these building management systems come furnished with smart panels which are always connected to the ethernet. It will inform residents about overload in the building and any other complex issues. Moreover, it enables equal power distribution to all segments of a building. It will also even operational efficiency and help in reducing the electricity used. Nearly all the buildings in these smart cities will come with solar panels which will assist them in generating the needed electricity for its functions and at the same time will also help them in decreasing population.

We are forming a solid foundation for these smart cities and smart buildings, but we tend to forget about the existing cities. To ensure that existing cities are more fruitful and sustainable, home automation is the solution. As these systems assist in a vital way, they oversee the electricity used, the water consumption and helps in curtailing their usage when not required. It keeps a watch on all the appliances of the house and helps in negating their usage. KNX home automation, a brand developed by Schneider Electric is allowing this to come to reality by offering top-quality home automation systems. All these tiny efforts made by organisations enable a sustainable future. These steps made by humans show their intelligence in helping the environment.

If companies like Schneider Electric keep developing new and innovative ideas of how to maintain sustainable growth, then we might just secure a safe future.

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