Now that the second decade of the 21st century is about to end, sustainability and digitalization have become challenges all city areas must face. With this in mind, the 40th FITUR edition, which just took place in Madrid, has greatly focused on the need to incorporate new technologies to tourist destinations and turn them into “Smart Destinations”.
A few weeks ago, we blogged about the importance of Smart Cities to promote smart sustainable cities. Half the population worldwide now lives in big cities, and this figure is expected to rise over the next ten years. Recent UN studies show that urban centers consume as much as 78% of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of greenhouse gas emissions. This problem directly affects the quality of life of citizens; pollution, for example, produces up to 27,000 premature deaths a year in Spain. Smart Cities, therefore, are an ideal tool for developers to design applications that improve quality of life and the environment.
On November 6th, the European Utility Week 2018 (EUW18) was held in Vienna (Austria). The event is attended by numerous companies and industry experts and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their developments and solutions. One of the main objectives of this annual event is to achieve a simple transition towards low carbon content energy supply. For three days, you can visit the fair, where leading players in the sector present their most innovative solutions. You can also attend conferences, workshops, technical presentations and educational sessions. In short, the EUW is widely regarded as Europe’s leading Smart Grid event. It serves as a meeting point for professionals from the world of utilities and a knowledge forum, so you don’t miss the latest news.
ZigBee Smart Energy (SE) is a standard for interconnecting and interoperating devices, via radio frequency, directed towards monitoring, managing and automating energy, gas and water usage. It seeks to be a useful tool for creating “Green Homes”, and is aimed at coordinating energy usage, optimizing its generation and consumption.