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Smart City Concepts and solutions for the Smart Cities of tomorrow

Digitalization and technical progress are finding their way into cities, towns, and communities and provide concepts for developing the urban living space. More intensive land use, greater volumes of traffic, bottlenecks in supply and disposal, as well as higher levels of air and noise pollution are presenting cities with new challenges and require concepts for intelligent infrastructure.

The combination of technology, intelligent systems, and processes enables concepts for the livable cities of tomorrow. With highly integrated and networked information and communication technology, Phoenix Contact is contributing to the structured transformation of urban spaces into Smart Cities. Utilize our application and technology expertise to bring Smart City concepts to life.

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The digital transformation to smart cities paves the way for a sustainable and safe city of tomorrow – in line with the future vision of the All Electric Society. Smart city applications play a crucial role as a networking link between society and digitalization.

But habitats will only become truly smart through consistent networking and the utilization of all available data sources. Our smart services, using this data as the basis and using our IoT devices, provide you with the data transparency you need. Join us in realizing cost-effective and resource-efficient smart city projects. This approach will also keep your city attractive for residents and businesses in the long term.

Everything from a single source for your upcoming Smart City project: The universally applicable Smart City Box based on PLCnext Technology, the cloud-based IoT platform Grovez.io, a comprehensive service, and software solutions for your individual needs. We will be happy to advise you.

Jörg Nolte - Phoenix Contact, Vice President VMM Infrastructure
Jörg Nolte
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Smart City Box IoT solution ​ Your easy entry into digitalization

The Smart City Box is a universally applicable element for the digitalization of urban and rural infrastructure. As a node, it provides the basis for networking a wide variety of environmental sensors with the Internet of Things (IoT) and enables the realization of smart applications. From the simple transmission of environmental information, through intelligent street lighting, all the way to AI-based traffic recognition and control, this concept offers its users a wide range of possible applications.

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Collaborations and research projects AI-based applications for the smart future of cities

In order to bring progress and benefits to the lives of people and the community, many new, forward-looking applications are currently being developed. In cooperation with Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, Phoenix Contact is developing solutions with AI functionality to fundamentally improve life.

One example of a deep learning application is counting vehicles using optical sensor technology. The image data is processed by a PLCnext Control device, the hardware for the PLCnext Technology ecosystem, and transmitted anonymously to the cloud. This will enable the flow of traffic in the city to be optimized in the long term.

Fields of action for smart living environments Actively shaping progress with intelligent infrastructure

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Bird’s eye view of a city with icons for visualizing the networked transportation system in a Smart City
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Building from the inside with icons for visualizing an intelligently networked building

Smart buildings are an integral part of Smart Cities. If they are intelligently networked and integrated into the overall concept, the buildings can contribute to the efficient, stable, and economic city concept, e.g., as a storage system or consumer in the field of power supply.

Our IoT-based Emalytics building management system combines the central elements for the digitalization of a building in one intelligent platform. This enables the location-independent control and monitoring of various properties.

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Bird’s eye view of a city with icons for visualizing the networked transportation system in a Smart City

A livable city requires good air quality and a tailored approach to mobility. A transportation system that is tailored to the Smart City is an important basis for living and working in the city. The aim is to protect the environment, for example by reducing emissions, conserving resources, and simultaneously increasing safety for all road and transport users.

You can capture current data with our systems and solutions, and adapt to the changing needs of the city with the aid of intelligent automation systems.
This new level of transparency, in combination with active traffic control or intelligent street lighting, represents an important building block on the journey toward safe and sustainable mobility.

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Water with icons for visualizing intelligent water management

Making a smart world a reality also involves the intelligent use of our most valuable resource: Water. It is not just water that flows in modern plants; there is also a stream of large volumes of data.

Our solutions for smart water utilize information and help improve water supply, disposal, and usage. By linking and evaluating a wide range of data, complex and critical infrastructures can be monitored and controlled in real time, efficiently, and reliably. As an aid to process optimization, external information is also incorporated using IoT applications. Open and flexible systems provide planning certainty for suppliers and conserve resources.

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