sustainable cities

Over the last 50 years, urban development has unleashed rapid population growth and the rise of megacities characterized by high urban poverty levels, inadequate basic services, lack of affordable housing and environmental degradation. The way cities are built is also unsustainable with construction activities representing 40% of final energy consumption in Europe, not to mention low levels of construction waste recycling.

To battle the adverse effects of massive and, in developing countries, often uncontrolled urbanization, more and more cities hope to become sustainable. As well incorporating environmental impacts into their design, these cities also strive to use as little energy and water as possible to reduce pollution. The Internet of Things and big data are driving the rise of sustainable cities by enabling high levels of coordination between objects and people, and by facilitating urban planning and a circular economic model.

Who for?

  • Construction companies and artisans
  • Real estate developers
  • Architects and city planners
  • Utilities and waste managers

Business as usual, but better

  • Use detailed data on buildings and related utilities to find the best placement and design for affordable housing projects
  • Adjust the design and size of buildings based on the neighborhood, facilities and weather conditions
  • Optimize the construction process by getting to know local suppliers for construction materials and storage spaces and finding ways to use recycled materials

Create innovative services 

  • Understand the real energy needs of different neighborhoods and offer new subscription programs for lower energy use
  • Create a platform for citizens and small businesses to offer peer-to-peer services for neighborhoods with limited public facilities such as babysitting and senior daycare
  • Help people find the best place to live by combining data about urban areas and their personal preferences e.g. desired commuting time, proximity of schools and maximum house price