Integrating intelligent automation system to smarten up smart cities

December 6, 2016

Automation Solutions help managers of public places ensure that occupants in their facilities are comfortable, while at the same time providing energy efficiency controls. The possibility of a high level of security is also for visitors. Card access systems ensure that only authorised personnel can enter secure areas, and security video monitoring allows operators to view activity in key areas — and easily store and retrieve video segments.

The benefit of a Smart city enabled with sensor networks to citizens:

  • Save resources by increasing efficiency –It is estimated that major cities waste up to 50% of water due to leaky pipes. Irrigation systems run when it is raining and street lights remain on even when there’s no activity in the area. Connected sensors can control detect unnecessary use and make adjustments. Irrigation systems can turn off when rain is detected, lights can go dim when they aren’t needed and leaking pipes can send a text to landlords. These improvements will help to save resources by increasing efficiency and large amounts of money.
  • Systems that save Time, Energy and Money – Public transportation could work even better with Internet of things (IoT) and cloud based big data automation enabling operators and control centre to see their position in route, ticket sales, camera. With large displays and through mobile interfaces bus riders could see real time positions and get notifications in time for the bus. It avoids time wastage at the stop or missing the bus. Revenue could be generated through location-based advertising.
  • Improve Quality of life and Systems that save in emergency – For example, citizens can monitor the pollution concentration in each street of the city or they can get automatic alarms when the radiation level rises a certain level.
  • Smart metering to monitor the optimum usage of energy , gas water etc.

Automation galvanise a clever opportunity for Energy Savings

Today, energy efficiency is of increasing importance to every business and household. Having the ability to automate systems that will help save energy coupled with products that use less energy, such as LED lighting, can bring substantial benefits. For example, lighting and heating/cooling are only switched on when needed, like during business hours, according to time profiles or even with presence detection systems.

Accordingly KNX systems feature room management tools that automatically lower the temperature in empty rooms and return it to comfort level when the rooms are occupied. They can also automatically turn off air conditioning when room windows are left open.

Furthermore, lighting can be controlled automatically relative to daylight intensity, thus maintaining a specified minimum brightness throughout the building. With KNX, all devices communicate through one common language, independent of the device manufacturer, meaning less wires, simpler install and better control.

Auto Control Systems can design and build a system that works across standard communications mediums: twisted pair, radio, power-line and IP/Ethernet. Devices connected to the central control are able to exchange information and behave according to parameters set by the user.

 ICT infrastructure in smart cities

The right ICT infrastructure will affect the way each city will be created and evolve. And it will enable smart cities to include vastly enhanced sustainable areas. Ultra-broadband, cloud and M2M applications provide innovative and cost-effective ways to manage millions of devices that enrich the lives of citizens and attract businesses. These will include smart buildings, smart infrastructures (water, energy, heat, and transportation) and smart services (e-substitutes and e-services for travel, health, education, and entertainment). All will drastically change the urban experience for city dwellers and travelers.

At Anglo African, our automation solutions are based on intelligent installation system that meets the highest requirements for applications in modern building control. KNX technology ( is accepted as the world’s first open standard for the control of all types of intelligent buildings – industrial, commercial or residential. Our solutions are for new and existing buildings and is extendible/adaptable to new needs.

Are you looking to improve the efficiency of your business . Learn how Anglo African team can help you to implement an automation strategy for your enterprise needs. The Anglo African team is fully committed to helping you in achieving your  new vision to drive operations to the fullest potential. For specific queries, get in touch with Navin by calling on: 2331636 or via e-mail at

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