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likely they are to get a seat. Tis can help ease peak travel times and improve passenger experiences by reducing congestion. In addition, weather and other environmental data is proving to be critical in mobility management. Public transportation methods should adopt this cross-domain integration and coordination to get the best out of their infrastructure, regardless of the conditions. New data-based services and technologies

deliver valuable benefits for travellers, railway operators, urban planners and even city governments. Together, we can enable improved urban mobility, environmental sustainability and improved passenger experience. But, to make these improvements there is a need for collaboration across the public, private sectors as well as the local communities. Policies must be put in place to outline the expansion and encourage use of public transport. Consultation is required to coordinate land use and infrastructure development with convenience, route integration, regularity of service, comfort and affordability in mind. Tis open cooperation will bring about fair and agreeable trade-offs between land use, density, lifestyle and transport to deliver better services for all.

ACHIEVE MORE. CONSUME LESS For railways, passenger experience will always be the top priority. However, to make the future of cities a reality, operators will also focus on how to improve efficiencies, which in turn, reduce energy consumption and of course, cost. Many individual railway stations rely on independent, uniquely designed energy systems and management. Tis siloed approach wastes time and money. We end up with multiple, dedicated vendors, redundant supervision, excess cabling and devices that in turn lead to costly downtime, higher operational expenditures and increased obstacles to achieving energy efficiency. Integration is key for maximum energy efficiency, thus making the most of braking energy recovery solutions, to recycle energy effectively back into the rail network. Additionally, with the weighty responsibility

of safely moving hundreds of thousands of passengers per day, operators and asset owners recognise the need to ensure the security of IT systems and general operations against internal and external threats. Te route to this is a comprehensive cyber-security overhaul. To eliminate redundancy, estates, facilities,

security and IT should be brought together over a single, centralised management system that spans the full system, from power plant to plug. Adopting an integrated asset and operation

management system will address the issues above, increase availability and offer additional benefits:

CONCLUSION Railways have an obligation to the community as well as their own bottom lines. But it is only by working closely with cities that these unprecedented growing pains can be effectively managed. Urbanisation continues at pace and cities too have a duty to become more efficient and sustainable to offer a better quality of life for those that live in them. Cities, railways and other utility providers need EXPERTVIEW SPRING 2015 21


l Intelligent power and motor control with renewable energy conversion ensures availability whilst reducing energy bills and CO2 emissions. l IT servers, applications and critical data can be managed efficiently with capacity optimisation and effective, controlled cooling. l Indoor and outdoor lighting, HVAC and other systems can be carefully monitored for both user comfort and minimal energy consumption. l Video surveillance, emergency lighting and intrusion detection are key security components that, when managed jointly, can become more efficient.

Transparency across these areas and others will enable operators to make smarter use of assets and manpower to maximise efficiency, reduce energy consumption and ultimately bring down cost.

to move away from thinking only about outputs to focus on outcomes. Tis is a shift from responding to demands to influencing them, moving from simply consulting to engaging and collaborating. Tis will bring about the change needed to make smart cities a reality and enhance the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of current and future generations. Today, Schneider Electric works with over 250 customers worldwide delivering smart water, smart buildings, smart mobility, smart integration, smart energy and smart public services. Tese projects are delivering up to 30% energy savings, 15% reduction in water losses, 20% reduction of travel time and traffic delays as well as a host of social and economic benefits. Te era of smart cities draws closer and together we must remain focused on smart, sustainable change for a brighter future.

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