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AIGC Smart City Engineering Services leverage digital technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, and analytics to help create smarter, more connected, and safer cities. Our services include:
AIGC helps smart cities to have a clear vision of what they want to be and an approach to realize this ambition. Each town has its own strengths, challenges, and opportunities. A smart city harnesses the power of technology and social innovations to increase existing strengths, to solve persistent challenges, and to create new successes by leveraging opportunities. Having a clear economic and social vision allows a city to focus its energy and resources on what brings value to the city most, not only in the short term but also in the long term.
A clear vision is the only effective counterweight to the technology push of vendors. Cities that lack such a concept are likely to become a living laboratory for vendor solutions with piecemeal successes. Successfully building a smart city requires a clear strategy and maturity in seven capability dimensions. These are:
- Skills and competencies
- Openness for innovation and new ideas
- Attractiveness for businesses and talent
- Private-public ecosystems and
- Projects & Solutions
Availability of state-of-the-art and open networks for energy and digital connectivity are smart cities’ foundational infrastructure. Energy grids need to be bi-directional, facilitating distributed electricity generation by many small-scale units close to consumers.
AIGC recommended networks for digital connectivity can be in four different forms:
- Fixed broadband networks, facilitating gigabit connections. Fixed broadband networks provide internet access at a bandwidth of 100Mbs to 1Gbs and higher.
- Mobile broadband networks, 4G, and 5G networks provide ubiquitous internet access to people using mobile devices. Mobile networks originated as networks for mobile telephony (voice) but evolved into systems that mainly provide broadband internet connectivity.
- Internet of Things networks is characterized by long-range (several kilometers), low bandwidth, and shallow energy usage. Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communication have specific requirements, for which dedicated networks needs to be in place.
- iBeacons. iBeacons are small, battery-operated devices that use Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to transmit a unique identifier that can be picked up by mobile devices’ operating systems (e.g., smartphones). Standard beacons have a range of 50-70 meters. The iBeacon signal can be used to determine the mobile device’s accurate physical location and trigger a site-based action on the device.
If there is one ingredient that makes a city smart, it is data. AIGC helps combine various sources of adequate grain data that allows a municipality to develop real insight into societal challenges like sustainability, mobility, health, and security. This insight can be used to make better, smarter, data-based decisions. The ability to extract data from a wide array of sensors, in public spaces, in transportation systems, in energy grids, in all kinds of consumer devices provides real-time insight into transportation flows, energy flows, pollution, and human behavior. It is not sufficient to use these data sources to create islands of smartness in isolation. A real smart city emerges when data is combined from multiple sources that have traditionally not been used in combination.
The ability to combine real-time data and analyze it on demand and combine current and historical data with building uptrend or trajectory-based information means that maintenance and design teams can start to plan intelligently based on ‘what might happen’. AIGC offers scalable cloud-based analytics, enhanced with artificial intelligence/machine learning capabilities, that pave the way for powerful predictive modeling so that engineers can virtually ‘stress test’ their infrastructures and take pre-emptive measures to strengthen potential points of service weakness.
In addition to networks, smart cities require massive use of sensors. Increasingly, vendors of objects used in public space will equip their products with multi-purpose sensors. The disruption in sensors technology resulted in sound applications across smart city sectors. AIGC is spearheading others, capitalizing on these disruptive sensors and technologies, by offering the following applications:
- Smart Transportation – Industry-leading end-to-end transportation solution for vehicle tracking, dispatching, monitoring, parking area management, passenger information display, optimal routing, drivers’ behavior analysis, and optimal fuel consumption
- Smart Campus – Indoor navigation in three-dimensional immersive view to find places of interest, optimal routes, emergency exits, and aids to indoor parking
- Smart Parking – Cost-effective parking solution using copper loops at the gate to detect entry/exit of vehicles, combined with gateways and IoT to provide real-time information to the command center
- Smart Waste Management – Real-time tracking of waste dumpers, combined with a billing management system for accurate payment. Smart bins enabling automatic messaging for bin status and pick-up
- Smart Building Management Systems – Integrated solution for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) as well as lighting, access control, and surveillance
- Smart Lighting – Centralized command center to manage city lights.
- Smart Water – Water distribution monitoring and control through IoT ecosystems and superior data analytics and visualization
- Smart Energy – Our solution leverages SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems and IoT to collect, analyze, and disseminate energy and asset-related real-time data.
- Smart Environment – Management solution to monitor pollution levels at specific points
AIGC design and configure a state-of-the-art digital twin that is essentially an integrated, centralized platform where diverse information about assets and associated services is combined, monitored, analyzed, and acted upon. It can be a critical facilitator of transformation – delivering benefits across all phases of the lifecycle of designing, running, and maintaining/improving local infrastructure, whether within a single organization or across an entire city.
The first priority in building a practical digital twin must be to standardize on a single, common platform. This needs to be able to support data integration from a diverse range of locations, systems, and protocols, so that real-time information about different aspects of the infrastructure and its performance can be combined, analyzed, and shared reliably and securely with any authorized users so they can do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.
AIGC can help you build a single central command and control center. This is fed by smart sensors and monitored 24/7 via geographical mapping (of all of the city’s services and assets) and big-screen dashboards – coordinates everything from utility management, real-time city surveillance, traffic monitoring, smart buildings, and lighting to intelligent transport. Sub-systems (for each utility and service) are integrated – enabling rapid, coordinated crisis and emergency management, with everyone working from a ‘single source of the truth.’