October 2013 - October 2016
INDICATE will support stakeholders in the transition towards smart cities by providing an interactive decision support tool for urban planning and design. The tool will assess the interactions between urban objects and spaces, buildings, the electricity grid, renewable technologies and ICT and recommend options for optimising infrastructure, installing technology, and providing cost effective utility services.
‘Smart’ technologies are seen as a major technological step forward with respect to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of urban systems.
As a result these can have a major contribution to the sustainability of the city and the sustainability of its occupants (social, environmental and economic). The smart city can be defined as the integration of technology into a strategic approach to sustainability, citizen well-being, and economic development. The word ‘smart’ means that modern and new approaches must be adopted for urban design, city planning, energy and building, low energy & carbon public transit, such as public transport system, pedestrianized areas, integrated zones for residential, industrial and commercial use, optimal building density, renewable energy, urban water infrastructure, transport infrastructure, etc. This INDICATE project aims to address aspects of this ‘smart’ city concept through the INDICATE decision support tool, which will, plan, integrate and optimise the following sub-systems of the overall city system: (i) Buildings; (ii) Energy Efficient Technologies; (iii) Renewable Technologies; and (iv) the Electricity Grid. The INDICATE tool will be developed in such a way to allow the other sub-systems to be added on following initial development.