Continuing on our mission to make the world a cleaner place, MClimate is participating in this year’s Clean Cities ClimAccelerator. Using our combined resources and experience, we can scale up solutions on a global level and set great examples on a city level in Europe. The ultimate goal of the Clean Cities ClimAccelerator is to create systemic change in cities for a more livable, resilient and clean environment that has a positive effect on the quality of urban life and meet challenging net-zero targets.
The Clean Cities ClimAccelerator is a joint initiative of the Impact Hub Vienna and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), funded by EIT Climate-KIC. It is a public-private partnership aimed at accelerating the adoption of climate neutral solutions in the cities of Vienna and Madrid.
The accelerator program focuses on key challenges in urban environments, including community retrofitting, green spaces, mobility, renewable energy, and data and information systems.
In terms of information and data systems, collecting data is a powerful tool that cities can use to achieve their climate goals and improve their quality of life through smart urban planning, focusing on decarbonization, energy efficiency and air quality. IoT software and hardware can be an effective way to help cities make better decisions about retrofitting their existing older and inefficient building stock and planning maintenance by identifying areas in need of improvements based on the latest energy efficiency trends.
The challenge we are focused on is how to help municipalities collect and analyse data in a reliable and timely manner with the help of the Internet of Things (IoT) and optimize their real estate portfolio of buildings through information, analysis of consumption patterns and energy use controls in the cities. Our platform or integration with existing city platforms and building management systems can also be used to control buildings remotely removing any inefficiency in unoccupied public spaces and help reporting efforts monitoring carbon emissions, carbon footprint analysis and support urban decarbonization processes.
Until today the lack of low power and wide range technologies coupled with the need to control costs, to rapidly deploy and connect every sensor across a smart city, regardless of whether those sensors are underground, in buildings or in the public spaces in between, prevented many cities from taking advantage of what IoT solutions have to offer. Thanks to LPWAN networks and their extremely low power requirements, devices can be connected for months to 10+years years using simple AA batteries, enabling a range of solutions where charging a device or replacing a battery is simply impractical.
Today, IoT is a fundamental tool for city leaders to realize their climate goals and create a more liveable, sustainable built environment. The use of IoT software and hardware provides cities with a powerful way to make better decisions about building stock and retrofitting existing inefficient buildings. IoT enables cities to collect data on specific aspects of their built environments through sensors that can monitor energy-efficiency trends, air quality levels and other important factors.
Learn more about the Clean Cities ClimAccelerator on their website.
We are looking forward to be part of this challenge working with the jury including Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation, City Hall of Zaragoza, La Pinada / Zubilabs, Repsol, Vienna Business Agency, Urban Innovation Vienna, AWS and Distrito Castellana Norte, and we are dedicated to work alongside all the other participants to find quick but long-lasting solutions setting the path for other cities in Europe to follow.