Jim Anderson, Smart Cities North America, Schneider Electric
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“It is often effective at the community level to start with one vertical, such as buildings, and then collaborate with connecting sectors to enlarge the smart energy footprint.”
– Jim Anderson, Vice President Smart Cities North America, Schneider Electric
Jim Anderson, VP Smart Cities North America for Schneider Electric, has over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry and is responsible for developing solutions for Grid Automation and Demand Response. He is also leading the Smart Cities initiative in the U.S. to bring sustainable solutions to cities.
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- We like to sit down with the city leadership – it might be the city managers, or the political leadership, or various other people – and we talk about their issues and their needs; what are their major concerns. And then we take a step backwards and try to look at it from a holistic perspective. We bring all the players together and in some cases we introduce them to each other, because they have never met! Then we find out what their priority issues are, and what they want to get done. We then look across the silos in the city, and try to find out what opportunities there are as an entity.
- First things first: solve problems within verticals, and then solve the vision of the future – what is the roadmap for the city. After, what are the innovations – including business model innovations like financing. When we have the stakeholders aligned, we can proceed. In Boston, there is a very strong environmental plan, which has a strong energy component. It has 640 facilities that use energy. One of their action plan items is to understand those metrics.; they are putting in a dashboard, so they can see what the times are that have the biggest energy impact.
- It’s starting with that framework of process that is the key to success. The speed of urban change is incredible: our society took 4,000 years to develop the urban capacity available today, yet we will need to double that in the next 40 years.
- Our social demographic is also changing, to an ‘urban citizen’ who is highly educated and prefers dense environments
- Digitization is a “heavier than heavy” trend, with interweaving of communications capabilities among more and more varieties of digital objects — there are more communicating devices on the planet than there are toothbrushes
- Here is the hard equation we need to solve in the coming years: in the next 16 years, electricity demand across the planet will double, while at the same time, a UN think tank says that if we are to avoid drastic climatic change, we need to cut our CO2 emissions in half
- The upshot is that we need to increase our energy efficiency by a factor of four
- We are not on track to doing that
- On top of this uber-challenge, cities have to cope with expansion, congestion, employment, security, health and infrastructure costs
- Only by becoming Smarter, are cities going to thrive; to enjoy efficiency, sustainability, and liveability
- A city today is really a system of separate systems – it has an electricity grid, a gas distribution system, a water distribution system, all sorts of public and transportation systems, public services, commercial buildings, hospitals, and so on. These systems operate in silos.
- What we do, is to optimize integration capabilities, through interconnected and interoperable products, systems, services and software, to drive efficiency
- We have worked on 200 projects around the world, in which improved system efficiency brought up to 30% Energy savings, up to 15% reduction in Water losses, up to 20% reduction of Travel time and traffic delays
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