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Smart Cities – What To Expect From The New TQ

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Twice a year, EBV Elektronik is publishing its knowledge magazine “The Quintessence” (TQ). Each time we cover hot topics of the electronic industry that have or will have a tremendous impact on people’s lives in the future. The last issue was dedicated to wearables technology, because we believe that those devices will have a huge influence on our performance, well-being and quality of life. The next issue will cover the topic of “Smart Cities”, a market that experts believe will be exploding over the next few years. Here we will give you an overview of what you can expect from the next issue.

There are certainly many reasons why more and more people are moving into cities away from rural areas. “The UN predicts that around two thirds of the global population will be city-dwellers by 2050”, Bernd Schlemmer, Vice President Communications at EBV Elektronik, states in his editorial of the new magazine. On the other hand, such a migration also entails significant challenges, like traffic congestion, air pollution or social inequality. Threads that Smart Cities are supposed to counteract.

In the first part of the magazine we will provide you an overview of facts and figures, general information and global challenges the society is facing such as climate change. An exciting and highly interesting interview with Ana Toni, Chair of the Board of Greenpeace International is waiting for you. She sketches social and economic challenges and threads of urbanisation with regards to climate change and also gives examples how the situation can be improved in the future. Because “Cities are the main consumers of energy” […], they “are the places where important action against climate change needs to be taken”, she underlines.

Because there are still only a few smart city projects realized on the planet, many people are still not able to imagine, how such a city could look like. A lot of visionaries have their own picture about it, so we do have too. The new TQ magazine provides you with a vision how the world may look like in 2050.

Illustration of a Smart City

The way towards the realisation of Smart Cities is a long one and it will only be possible with the help of state-of-the-art technology, technologies that need to be supplied with energy. In order to tackle the problem of air pollution and the resulting climate change, a different way of thinking will be required, as far as energy supply is concerned. Renewable energies will play a crucial role here, because they will provide a sustainable, distributed energy supply to the city. A smart, flexible municipal power grid ensures that renewable energy is integrated more effectively and emissions are cut.

Another key element for creating sustainable cities is electro-mobility. Conventional vehicles with combustion engines belong to the biggest air polluters in cities. People are spending too much time in traffic jams. Zero-emission connected cars that drive autonomously could be an answer to that issue. Prerequisite for this would of course be a state-of-the-art infrastructure in terms of charging technology. Moreover, smart lighting could also contribute to less energy consumption, as smart lamps adapt their lighting to traffic volumes and changing conditions. LED lighting will also enhance people’s performance and well-being or will promote the crop growth, which lead us to another feature of Smart Cities.

With urban farming it will be possible to produce food directly in the city. The need for long transportation will be eliminated, which usually contributes to significant quantities of CO2 production. Such urban farming projects are already underway, such as the “Vertical Farm 2.0”, engineers at the German national aeronautics and space research centre DLR are developing. In high-rise hothouses vegetables can be produced without using any soil. The crops would be fed with a precisely dosed nutrient solution and nurtured by LED light.

To put it in a nutshell, there are many ideas and visions to realize the concept of Smart Cities already. Some are still in their infancy, others like building automation, renewable energies or mobile communication are more advanced. But there is still plenty of work to do, also as far as sensor technology and connectivity is concerned, which are other foundations for the Internet of Things (IoT) and therefor Smart Cities.

Finally, the new issue of EBV’s knowledge magazine “The Quintessence” – available from October 24th – will again be full of fascinating stories that take the reader into a promising future. A future, which could be sustainable, environmentally friendly and much more convenient to mankind. We give you examples of projects where the future is already realized today. Read also expert views like in the TQ roundtable. “Electronics will be everywhere in the city, and the equipment used will be multifunctional,” that’s their quintessence in the discussion.

EBV Elektronik is supporting businesses by providing both the necessary electronic components and the required know-how with regard to technologies, markets and standards. Contact us and ask us for support when it comes to your Smart City project. Visit our website and order your own free copy of “The Quintessence – Smart Cities”, which will be available soon.