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Mar 13, 2017 · smartenergygb.org
Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout, has today published the REAL Ratio, a framework designed to ensure that people are always at the heart of the policy that is shaping smart cities.
REAL stands for Resilience, Efficiency, Affordability and Liveability, identified as four key features of a truly smart city. The REAL Ratio has been developed by Smart Energy GB and is designed to be used by local authorities, central government and other policy makers, as a way to assess a city’s approach to delivering smart projects.
Smart city initiatives are rapidly being set up across the globe, from automated lighting systems, to train tickets, energy demand side response and traffic modelling. The publication of the REAL Ratio highlights the importance of ensuring that new smart infrastructure developments are relevant to the lives of local residents.
The smart meter rollout is one of the most significant infrastructure projects of this generation. More than 53 million smart meters are being installed across Britain, helping households to get their gas and electricity under control. The rollout means that smart energy could, in future, be a vital component of smart city projects across the country.
Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB, said: "For our cities to be truly smart, systems need to be designed around the way people live their lives, not what policymakers want to impose. REAL can be applied to ensure smart infrastructure is designed in a way that is relevant to people’s lives.
"The digital revolution taking place in energy shows that when smart infrastructure is developed in a way that does respond to every day needs you can build a platform for meaningful engagement and behaviour change."
The REAL Ratio was launched at an event hosted by the Institution for Civil Engineers and Smart Energy GB yesterday.
Professor Tim Broyd, President of the Institute for Civil Engineers said:
"City leaders and infrastructure providers recognise that while technology can make our cities more resilient, efficient, affordable and liveable, empowering citizens to exploit this new environment is paramount to a successful transformation."