As the smart grid infrastructure and smart meters become more ubiquitous, attention on this Earth Day is turning to implementing smart technology to help create smart cities. As cities become ever more crowded traffic and gridlock, sufficient energy production, and adequate water and food resources will challenge their infrastructures.
According to the Smart Cities Council, Urban populations will increase by an estimated 700 million people in the next 10 yearsThe worlds largest 700 cities are projected to invest $30-40 trillion into their infrastructure over the next 20 years. The Council urges city leaders to invest their funds toward a smart city future.
Sensus, which provides clean technology solutions such as smart grids, smart water networks and street lighting, is working with utilities worldwide to help customers and the communities improve sustainability. A particular focus of concern is the amount of unaccounted for water in utility distribution systems. A study commissioned by Sensus found that utilities lose an estimated $9.6 billion every year just from leaked water.
Sensus president Randy Bays says, As we celebrate Earth Day, it is imperative that we use water and energy resources responsibly so that future generations benefit from a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Clean technologies are imperative to the building of green cities on a global scale.
According to its website, The Smart Cities Council was founded on the concept that smart cities will use technology to enhance livability, workability, and sustainability. A citys need to understand priorities and set a plan of action was a key driver in our development of the Readiness Guide.
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