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Smart energy networks are critical for evolving smart cities to be economically strong and able to meet the increasing demand for electricity caused by growing urban populations.
While energy network upgrades are costly and time-consuming, the benefits they provide are very real, and lasting. Here we share a few examples of successful energy initiatives.
The benefits of smart energy networks can't be overstated. They contribute to a smart city's sustainability, livability and workability. They also support the services and conveniences we expect and add to a city's overall wellbeing.
This chapter addresses the critical role energy plays in smart cities as well as the benefits smart energy networks can provide.
A fundamental step in transforming a city into a smart city is to have the necessary telecommunications infrastructure. Bandwidth is the fuel of the emerging Gig-Economy and connectivity is the pipeline carrying this essential resource.
We define a "connected city" as a city or community that has a network infrastructure that allows for the efficient exchange and collection of information (voice, data, video) on a variety of public and private devices.
There is no “cloud” without the network. You can’t get there from here. Telecommunications is a core pillar of smart city infrastructure and requires an ecosystem of public-private cooperation to maximize its impact.
All stakeholders want to efficiently deploy resources; therefore, the proper policies need to be in place at the federal, state and local levels to encourage more wireless broadband deployments and investment.
A smart, resilient telecommunications network provides significant benefits for cities, well beyond the obvious ones. It can encourage local economic growth and a city's economic competitiveness.