Indicator-based Interactive Decision Support and Information Exchange for Smart Cities

The INDICATE project aimed to support decision makers and other stakeholders towards transforming their cities to a ‘Smart’ City. To do so, INDICATE developed an interactive software tool (desktop and cloud), which provides dynamic assessment of the interactions between buildings, the electricity grid and renewable technologies. The tool provides recommendations on the best interventions to install within a single building, group of buildings or the entire district; it shows how forecasting and optimisation can enable local balancing, and how analysis of energy use and cost can inform financial decisions.

To understand how the decisions made will affect the overall urban environment, a set of Sustainable Urban Indicators were developed so that the decisions taken for the buildings are therefore influenced by the potential impact on the city.

The INDICATE tool allows to:

  • PLAN development through a dynamic simulation, energy-based decision support tool
  • REDUCE energy consumption and carbon emissions with best practice interventions
  • INTEGRATE new technologies and services in the city
  • OPTIMISE existing installed systems

The INDICATE tool can be used at any stage of development, from cities at early stages of sustainable planning, to cities with smart grids and widespread use of energy efficient technologies. The tool can be used by urban planners, public authorities, ICT/Renewable Energy system suppliers and potential investors and developers in a city.

The INDICATE software was demonstrated on 2 pilot sites located in Dundalk, Ireland and Genoa, Italy.



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