Implementing the technologies presented in Siemens “Smart Cities Research” could generate, for a period of 35 years, direct and indirect benefits of EUR 532 million for the city of Alba Iulia, a press release informs.
Siemens study was launched last year and included Alba Iulia, alongside Aberdeen and London in the UK, Brussels (Belgium) and Kartal (Turkey).
In Alba Iulia, the international research has analyzed three priority areas: connectivity, transport and energy, drawing the investment directions, estimating costs and benefits, and sketching out the next steps for the city.
“By including Alba Iulia in the “Smart Cities Research”, we wanted to demonstrate the concrete potential of a city in Romania to become a future city with a connected, open, environmentally friendly urban structure and with a low consumption of resources. Smart technologies can streamline traffic and reduce accidents, increase energy consumption or provide flexibility to industrial manufacturers. Thus, they make life easier for each of us,” George Costache, CEO Siemens Romania stated.
According to Siemens, in order to implement the intelligent technologies identified in the three analyzed domains, Alba Iulia should invest EUR 227 million.
The research also identifies digitalization as the opportunity for Alba Iulia to improve inhabitants’ life quality and to increase the attractiveness of the city for tourists, giving them the greatest mobility in the region.
The technologies analyzed in the study are geared towards improving the tourist experience, increasing the number of visits and the amounts spent by tourists during their stay in Alba Iulia and include: an integrated tourist platform, free extended WiFi, electric bicycle rental service, geolocation beacons and augmented reality, as well as the possibility of getting online tickets for public transport.
One of the proposed technologies of the study is the operational sensors, allowing to collect the information from the transport infrastructure, helping to create an inventory of the assets and of the condition they are in.
According to the survey, investing in a smart street lighting control system is the most advantageous in terms of short-term efficiency. Siemens shows that a smart lighting program could generate 14GWh electricity savings, based on a 73 percent reduction in energy consumption for lighting, equivalent to the demand for energy of 5,000 inhabitants per year.
Moreover, the investments in smart meters would generate benefits of over EUR 300 million on long-term.