RESEARCH clearly shows we need to embrace a greener and more energy efficient lifestyle. Commentators on future urbanisation believe in a shift towards smart cities and digital towns.
This smart city revolution is already underway, with a number of them already operating across the country.
At the heart of this development is the smart grid, an electricity supply network that uses digital communications technology, along with smart meters. It will help the transition to a low carbon energy industry in Britain.
The smart grid acts as a near real-time energy controller delivering exactly what is needed to the right location, which will lead to a more efficient, effective and cleaner energy supply.
These types of data-driven decisions are already part of modern-day life – from wearable fitness trackers to smart parking solutions and smart energy meters.
Currently, there is no accurate way for the energy grid to map the demand from homes and businesses at any given time. A smart grid will put an end to that by matching supply and demand.
Domestic smart meters, currently being installed in homes across Great Britain at no extra cost by energy suppliers, are integral to the success of the smart grid. This is because the delivery of near real-time, accurate data to the smart grid allows for more effective overall management of energy across the country. Not only will the smart grid use digital communications technology to detect and react to local changes in usage, it will also enable cities and towns to be more connected and consequently better managed. Smart grids will also result in energy-smart environments, such as making street lights more effective, with each one sending and receiving information about the level of light required at a given moment.
They could also act as a transmitter for other data to keep areas safe – they can gather and share environmental detail such as flooding, congestion or traffic incidents with either the local authority, or, in the not-sodistant future, the driverless cars on the road that they are connected with.
The smart grid could facilitate safer public spaces which will be created with data capture sensors to monitor everything from air If you have a smart TV, Google Home or Alexa, or use Siri on your iPhone, you’ve already embraced the smart home revolution.
Future living will have a ‘less is more’ attitude. Alice where it will be entirely acceptable – and expected – for people not to own many possessions at all, but have access to everything they need on a just-in-time, on-demand basis. “That certainly goes for cars, but instead of having to use a ride-sharing app, you could use one of the shared electric cars or bicycles which are provided for your building as part of a maintenance fee.” Research shows that in just 12 years’ time, more than 60% of the world’s total population will live in towns and cities. Planning has to flex to accommodate a growing population and the need to access employment, health care and other community facilities.
From the Government down to local towns, we are already working towards a more connected future in our homes and cities.
The countrywide rollout of smart meters is just a small part of the changes we need to embrace for a cleaner, greener future. These devices are being offered to every household in England, Scotland and Wales at no extra cost, fast-enabling millions of people to take control of their gas and electricity and live a more energy efficient lifestyle.
IN 1970, the urban population stood at nearly 43 million. The most popular car was a Ford Cortina and the average house cost £4,582.
IN 1980, just over 44m were living in urban areas. The most popular popular car in the UK was still a Ford Fiesta.
AS of November 30, 2018, the UK population stood at 67 million with 81.2% living in urban areas.
BY 2030, more than 58 million are expected to live in urban areas.
Almost 12.8 million smart meters have now been installed in Britain, as we upgrade our energy network from an outdated, inefficient analogue system to a modern, connected grid. This drive towards being smarter with energy usage is part of a growing mindset towards sustainable, cleaner living. It has been triggered by a S urban areas. A few decades. better understanding of the way our energy usage impacts the planet and how, simply by using technology wisely, we can make a positive difference.