Smart Cities

A true “System of Systems” approach to solving the complex challenges of Smart Cities, brought to you by people who have been solving these problems in industrial automation for more than 30 years

Due to population growth and rapid urbanisation, growing cities are presented with challenges revolving around a dependency on aging infrastructure, which when coupled with increasing budgetary constraints, means that replacement costs for such capital-intensive infrastructure is simply too high. Converting existing infrastructure into “Smart Infrastructure” is the key to making cities more efficient, more manageable, and ultimately, more livable.

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Challenge

Improving operational efficiency through the breaking down of historical information silos, seamlessly aggregating data from a plethora of hardware and software sources, and delivering valuable, contextual and actionable insights, is what complex automation projects involve.

For Smart Cities, this challenge is magnified by the interconnected, real-time nature of the systems and processes being monitored and controlled – either centrally, or remotely – and the expectations of people relying on these systems to participate in day-to-day urban living… and be happy whilst participating.

Solution
System Platform

System Platform is an integrated, real-time supervisory control solution that is integral to operational processes and systems. A complete automation solution, it serves as the single source of actionable information for operational, engineering, and business users for sustainable service delivery and continuous performance improvement.

Challenge

Management of modern city infrastructure can include the management of assets such as buildings and facilities, transport stock (buses, trams, and trains), power distribution, bridges and tunnels, lighting, security and surveillance equipment, and increasingly, data centres, Wi-Fi, and communication networks.

The combination of assets with connected devices, and most importantly, the data captured for each of these assets, introduces the need for technology solutions to harmonise disparate data, as well as provide a single view into maintenance needs, downtime predictions, and scheduling of proactive maintenance.

Solution
Asset Performance Management

Customers adopting well considered Asset Performance Management (APM) strategies are already seeing results through improved asset utilisation, reduced unplanned outages of critical infrastructure assets, and increased overall asset availability.

Challenge

An increasing trend, being driven partly by the focus on cities to become “smart”, is the growing demand for centralised Command and Control Centres.

This demand is not new. Private companies have been implementing Operation Centres for many years. Few private companies, however, have the complexity of disparate data silos, multi-vendor system architectures, and the sheer number of many millions of citizen consumers relying on their infrastructure to participate in an economically viable and seamlessly functioning society.

Solution
System of Systems

Command and Control Centres, based on our “System of Systems” technology platform, leverage information from various data sources to drive better operational decisions, anticipate and proactively resolve issues, and ultimately, coordinate resources and processes to operate efficiently, seamlessly and sustainably.

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