The lighting and climate management of buildings is the latest revolution in this field and the German multinational B.E.G has brought its experience to our country, to accelerate the arrival of smart cities.
It has recently been demonstrated in two projects carried out in Barcelona, considered the most sustainable "smart city" in Europe, according to the Smart City Index, an international ranking carried out in 2022 by Juniper Research and Intel.
The first project is the Vita Student residence in the Catalan city, which has implemented a room reservation system for its occupancy, so that visitors entering know in advance the location of the room or room that corresponds to them, with the consequent saving of time and money. In addition, spaces have been created that allow their occupation at all times, thanks to automated reservation systems.
The second example corresponds to the new corporate headquarters in Barcelona of Wallbox, supplier of charging and energy management solutions, which has completely renovated an industrial-style building of 11,000 m2, to concentrate all its employees in the same space. For this, cutting-edge installations have been provided in innovation, efficiency and sustainability, such as the integral control system, DALI-SYS, which adapts the light contribution to the specific needs of each area to combine savings, comfort and safety.
We believe that a more sustainable and efficient future is possible. That is why we work on increasingly automated and intelligent systems, based on sensors, connectivity and advanced security, to provide maximum comfort and well-being to anyone. In the end, it is about saving money and increasingly scarce natural resources, while improving the comfort and well-being of everyone, says Luis Claver, country manager of B.E.G. Hispania.
Pillars of a smart city
The environmental commitment of cities is, apart from the 11th of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of the main pillars of a smart city. In its construction, many elements are necessary, but among them stand out the sensors to measure the air quality, reduce energy consumption and the environmental footprint of human activity.
Every day, more than 180,000 people move to a city to live and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts that in 2050 the world population will reach 9 billion inhabitants, of which 70% will live in urban centers.
Smart and environmentally friendly cities will then be essential to reduce our environmental footprint, taking into account that in just a few years these metropolitan centers will be responsible for more than 75% of the world's energy production and generate 60% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Many cities around the world have chosen to strategically recycle and digitally transform themselves, responding to some of the major global challenges that lie ahead: population growth, pollution, scarcity of resources, water management or energy efficiency.
The automation and control of buildings is, together with information technologies, urban mobility and public transport, the four pillars of smart cities. This has been assumed by major cities around the world, such as Shanghai, Seoul, New York, Beijing and Barcelona, the five most efficient smart cities at the moment, according to the aforementioned Juniper report.
The multinational B.E.G. has proposed to extend the most sustainable lighting management systems in the countries that have assumed this challenge.
We must continue to advance in global energy efficiency. It is the only way if we want to reverse the worrying figures of pollution and population growth. It is a simple matter of survival, concludes the company's country manager in Spain.