Smart city challenge: solutions to urban puzzles using Big Data to enhance the places we live in, the ways we use them
Our challenge: Use open data to generate solutions that will help city administrations add value to the decisions they make
Published on Monday, 20 July 2020
City administrations are sitting on a huge, previously untapped asset. Enel X intends to help them exploit it and we want your assistance in doing so. That resource is data, the information generated as citizens go about their daily lives and which is open - available and free to use.
City administrations need to find ways in which they can increase the range and efficiency of the services they offer. In other words, they need to get smart, using digital information to enhance both their performance and their city. However, they need to do so without boosting their budgets because while voters demand better services, they resist increases in local taxes. At Enel X, we believe that open data is a resource that can be mined to do just that, using either stand-alone datasets or in conjunction with our existing solutions.
We’re looking for new technologies and ideas we can immediately apply to services we offer to city authorities, and that will add value to those services. These solutions must be cost-effective and at the same time diversify and broaden our product lines. Therefore, they should focus on sectors in which we are already present.
Broadly, these areas are public lighting, where we are looking for ways to improve performance or simplify planning and maintenance; architectural lighting, where we want ideas that will enhance the impact of historic buildings; urban mobility, including the deployment of electric buses as cities move away from public transport based on diesel-powered machines; city analysis, to produce indicators and actionable insights that can help public administrations in planning and managing their services in the most effective way and that can improve citizens’ quality of life.
In order to pick out trends and point up correlations in the data, solutions that monitor the way services and their users change over time will be particularly useful.
The data we are interested in exploiting is generated by a range of sources, including sensors operating in the Internet of Things, WiFi use in public places, remote control of lighting, and the software that is already used to monitor and integrate other technologies.
We would like to see solutions that leverage open data generated by public administrations to produce improved city analytics and which enrich the digital services offered to citizens. These should analyse the data to improve the ways in which city infrastructure and services operate and are maintained, or which make the city more resilient and enhance citizens’ quality of life. They should link to the main services Enel X already provides and should take into account green policy, in particular the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals #9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and #11 (Sustainable cities and communities).
Those taking part in the challenge should identify an innovative approach and set up a demonstration that shows how that data can be used and how it creates added value for Enel X’s portfolio of services. The solution should be amenable to being scaled up and be applicable worldwide, with a particular focus on Europe, the U.S. and South America.
On offer is a prize pool totalling $30,000 with a full award of at least $15,000 for solutions that meet all the criteria. We are also happy to consider partial awards for solutions that meet some, but not all, the criteria.
For full details of the challenge, including specifications and timings, please go here.