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1. Sustainability issue: Energy
Meeting the growing energy demands of increasingly populous and digitalized cities in a clean way is challenging. The integration of renewable energy to power public lighting and digital infrastructure of cities is problematic due. For instance, the abundance of large buildings often creates solar panel inefficiency due to shading.

2.  Technology:
Pavegen is a tile that generates electricity from the kinetic energy produced from footfall (stepping on the tile). The technology has evolved to became a smart-flooring solution that not only generates electricity but also collects data. The following three components provide the type of multi-functionality that could accelerate the development of smart cities:

  • Floor:
    The tile can be integrated into indoor and outdoor environments. The surface of the tile comes in four types: smooth, rubber, resin and safety (non-slip). The tiles can even be fitted under astroturf to capture the energy from playing sports.
  • Energy:
    The company suggests power generated by the tile can be used in cities to provide lighting in public spaces by the footfall of visitors in the area. It can also be used to power interactive messages, billboards and signage. On a larger scale, lighting in buildings could potentially be powered by the technology.
  • Data:
    The tile has a data transmitter that would help track the movement and the number of people in certain locations. With the help of an app, people that use (step) on Pavegen tiles could collect rewards or donate the equivalent to charitable causes. The tiles are also customizable to provide companies with the space to advertise their brand.

3. Stakeholders:

  • Pavegen company
  • City governments and urban planners
  • Brands/corporates or other commercial building users
  • Society/communities
  • Utilities

4. Deployment/Implementation:

  • Step 1: Attract more investors and increase advertising budget to spread awareness of the technology.
  • Step 2: Find five corporates or other organizations to pilot the technology in their operations (to power lighting in small stores or corporate buildings) and ensure enough press attention is drawn to those projects.
  • Step 3: Work with city government and urban planner to facilitate their integration in public spaces.

Sources:
http://www.pavegen.com/what-we-do/
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38827901
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/power-harvesting-high-street-turns-footsteps-into-electricity_uk_59807b90e4b0d6e28a107615
https://www.forbes.com/sites/freddiedawson/2016/05/17/pavegen-wants-to-become-the-tesla-for-walking/#61452f9557d9

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  1. This technology can benefit greatly by identifying “footfall hotspots.” Consumer behavior can be understood by measuring footfall intensity and recognizing the number of people walking within a designated area. Locations with heavy foot traffic, such as the main walkway on college campus can take advantage from such technology. The energy provided by walking can power up multiple platforms in the university.
    Uni: AV2698

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