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21 February 2018

Learning to love: why the architects of smart cities must learn to lavish their affections on end users

Energy professionals, city planners and policymakers have been too caught up in the technology underpinning smart grids and cities. Pep Salas Prat, Lecturer at the University of Barcelona and a course director at The Institute of Sustainable Energy by InnoEnergy (iSE), argues that smart infrastructure is only worthwhile if it is built with the needs of people at its heart.

 Cities around the world dream of becoming smart cities but without a thoughtful strategy behind data collection, it is tough to turn this into a reality. The problem is that while the huge potential of smart grid technology has captured the hearts and minds of city planners and energy professionals, it has been at the expense of the very people whose problems the technology should be solving – the end-user

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