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What is a smart city?

A smart city uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its liveability, workability, and sustainability.

A smart city collects information about itself through sensors, other devices and existing systems. It also communicates that data using wired or wireless networks, then analyses that data to understand what’s happening now and what’s likely to happen next.

Smart Cities strategy, workshops, planning and procurement

Becoming a smart city is a transformative pathway that could take anywhere from 5 to 15 years to achieve. So, it’s essential to have the right foundations from the start.

When envisioning a smart city, developing your vision, defined strategy, targets and objectives, and a roadmap of how you will move from an idea to action is crucial.

460degrees’ Smart Cities technology experts help our government and private clients navigate these early steps from strategy to procurement.

Smart technology frameworks and integration

Modern Smart Cities are developed with a technology framework and digital foundation. It’s important that this digital foundation delivers on the shared vision developed in the planning stage.

This framework or ‘blueprint’ comprises a suite of shared infrastructure that supports all services. The framework includes: access technologies (sensors, cameras, mobile devices); pervasive high bandwidth network infrastructure that is mobile and fixed; cloud and edge computing; and platforms that include IoT, Video and AI, and Open Data.

The team at 460degrees are experts in smart city technologies and IoT. We develop the right technology blueprint for our clients’ needs, plus a program of works and roadmap for integration. We support our clients with specification, vendor selection, procurement and project delivery phases.

Digital twins and data visualisation

Data now informs how our infrastructure is built, managed and decommissioned. So, visualising this data in real time can inform how our infrastructure is operated on a second-to-second basis.

You can’t simply buy a digital twin; it must be created with five core capabilities: connection, integration, visualisation, analysis and security. The most effective digital twins are developed in collaboration to harmonise data inputs and create ‘real-time’ visualisations that enable better insights and decision-making.

Sustainable development goals and placemaking

Sustainable development goals (SDG) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. SDGs address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

When planning for a smart city and engaging in placemaking, it is important to map the outcomes of your SDG. This ensures the greatest community benefit as well as achievable, measurable impact.

The 460degrees team creates community engagement, placemaking, and workshops and maps your strategy, objectives and outcomes to your SDGs.

Construction and property sector technology solutions

PropTech is technology related to the construction, real estate and property management sector: either as software form (platforms or apps), or hardware (eg sensors or materials). This technology is transforming the way we build, rent, or manage our properties.

Startups and innovative technologies are emerging that provide solutions across all areas of this huge sector. However, it can be difficult to navigate and understand all the options available and identify what is most suitable to your organisation.

460degrees has deep technical expertise to support you, helping you understand, procure and integrate breakthrough PropTech solution to your business.

City connectivity (fibre/5G/LoRaWAN)

Smart Cities and communities rely on fast, reliable and secure connectivity. The recent ‘work from home’ shift has shown us all how important being digitally connected is.

Fibre, 4G and 5G and LoRaWAN are types of connectivity that work together to provide cities, neighbourhoods, businesses, homes and individuals with digital connection.

Connectivity can be the first starting point in your Smart Cities journey. Our clients value 460degrees’ depth of expertise when it comes to understanding city connectivity, digital infrastructure and associated planning, design, integration and implementation.

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