Smart City Use Cases

Why do we talk about a "smart" city?

DOLL is focusing on smart city services, because they provide a qualified estimate for the challenges more populated cities face. A well-developed grid of street lighting can, in connection to this, offer a fundamental infrastructure for the cities of the future.

These days most Danish municipalities experience a need for replacing old and traditional lighting sources to new energy efficient LED systems. Many wished simultaneously to develop the cities towards being a Smart City, which is characterised by knowledge and data-based management of the city’s resources and consumption. In this connection, lampposts could be the fundamental basis for creating an infrastructure and developing a Smart City since they are allocated in the entire urban space.

What is a "smart city"?

A Smart City manages and distributes its resources optimally based on knowledge. The city collects data and information about the climate, about temperatures and about street conditions. The city has knowledge of the citizens’ behavioural patterns and needs. The city knows its infrastructure, capacities and bottlenecks for traffic, supply and service.

By analysing all this information and data, peak loads and unnecessary consumption can be identified. This allows municipalities to dynamically manage and design the city's resources in order to benefit its citizens and its companies.

By taking one step further towards ‘Smart City Lighting Management Systems,’ municipalities can achieve savings on lighting by decreasing power use. In addition, this can create the basis for an integrated information and management system, which can optimise the utilisation of the city’s resources. This benefits the city's environment and its citizens, and it drives innovation fornew and existing companies.

Denmark as a frontrunner

The combination of several factors provides great opportunities for private-public innovation projects regarding Smart City Services. These are:
  • That Danish municipalities have to replace existing street lights
  • That Denmark has strong competences within photonics
  • That there is a broad spectrum of business profiles within lighting, sensor-making and operational management.

By developing the Smart City of the Future we can create solutions that cut energy consumption and benefit the citizens. In addition, we can generate growth and export opportunities for Danish companies.

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