Smart Cities : making our cities smarter

From Barcelona to Singapore, Stockholm to Paris and London to New York, urban planners are working to solve the growing problems that affect quality of life in cities. These solutions often come from new technologies, which make smart cities possible. Connected technologies, smart open data, the building blocks of the Internet of Things, smart networks, new materials and clean energy can all be used to invent and build a positive future.

Six criteria for a smart city

Rudolf Giffinger, the urban and regional development analytical research expert at TU Wien sets his six criteria for a smart city:
Smart economy: productivity and wealth creation are enhanced by a flexible, innovative ecosystem.
Sustainable governance, with social and administrative services being better integrated.
Smart housing, which underpins the citizens’ quality of life, aided by new technologies intended to reduce their ecological footprint.
Eco-friendly citizenship, with the aim of creating a cosmopolitan social and cultural capital to stimulate the creativity and involvement of citizens in the city’s life.
A sustainable environment, focusing on protecting natural habitats and cutting pollution.
Smart mobility, which encourages new development opportunities through more efficient, eco-friendly, accessible and affordable mobility.

Contributing to the smart cities development

Groupe Renault’s work across the public sector to learn and engage with cities about future vision, its leadership position for electric vehicles in Europe, and its commitment to continuing to invest in innovative new technologies, help us smart cities.

For example:
• The Renault Energy Services subsidiary, whose role is to invest in projects related to smart electric grids by creating close bonds with various energy industry stakeholders. Renault Energy Services will focus mainly on the development of smart charging projects, vehicle-to-grid interactions between vehicles and the electricity grid, and second-life battery projects.
• The Z.E. app Smart Charge, already available in the Netherlands, makes charging smarter, simpler and cheaper by helping users make use of renewables and of the lowest prices.
• The development of the world-first smart island in Porto Santo’s Portuguese island (Madeira archipelago), in partnership with EEM Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA. This smart electric ecosystem is based on four key pillars: electric vehicles, stationary energy storage, smart charging and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging.

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