Smart Cities – how Austria is adapting to new technology

Smart Cities – how Austria is adapting to new technology

Until the advent of 5g, home automation and the automation of technical building equipment were mostly limited to roller shutter controls and heating-ventilation installations. However, the deployment of ultra-powerful networks, the rise of AI and IoT and the possibilities they offer nowadays have opened up a multitude of perspectives. Thanks to the Smart City networks, new initiatives are flourishing and present remarkable solutions, both from a technical standpoint and in their political and social approaches.

This new technology has generated great expectations for improving daily comfort, reducing energy consumption, ensuring safety and making life in general easier. This large-scale home automation is driven by the IoT – for example, you can control household appliances, digital entertainment, lighting, heating, anti-intrusion and watering in your garden from a smartphone.

Austria is at the forefront of this new technology with innovative and leading edge companies such as:

– The Austrian company, Hargassner GmbH, a leader in wood-fired boilers, offers an application allowing the remote control of hot water production and heating to optimize domestic consumption and increase comfort. Centralized Technical Management, or BMS, facilitates the control of ventilation and temperatures through the management of air treatment, and remote control of blinds and facade openings.

– LOYTEC electronics GmbH is among the leading providers of smart grid infrastructure solutions using its standardized and open communication protocols for building automation.

– Zumtobel Group from Dornbirn has also developed intelligent lighting solutions. Tridonic, a member of the Zumtobel Group, has taken advantage of this connected technology for the transport of data by exploiting both public and private lighting networks.

The novelty lies in the interoperability of various systems, by exploiting and sharing the data collected using Smart Grids. A hypervision system makes it possible to pool data of various kinds, thanks to the capacities of ultra-fast connections and IoT.

In Vienna, the Smart City enables the control of urban lighting, the management of energy consumption in real time, the collection of waste as well as efficient interconnections with public transport networks and the intelligent regulation of road traffic.

Copa-Data in Salzburg has developed automation software for regulating the distribution and production of energy, as well as public transport networks. The city uses simulations carried out on a clone of the agglomeration to facilitate the optimization of the overall functioning of the city and its suburbs.