In this paper, we describe an integrated design and management approach for building next-generation cities. This approach leverages IT technology in both the design and operational phases to optimize sustainability over a broad set of metrics while lowering costs. We call this approach a Sustainable IT Ecosystem. Our approach is based on five principles: ecosystem-scale life-cycle design; scalable and configurable infrastructure building blocks; pervasive sensing; data analytics and visualization; and autonomous control. Application of the approach is demonstrated for two case studies: an urban water infrastructure and an urban power microgrid. We conclude by discussing future opportunities to co-design and integrate these independent infrastructures, gaining further efficiencies.
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Sustainable IT Ecosystems: Enabling Next-Generation Cities
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Hoover, C, Watson, B, Sharma, R, Charles, S, Shah, A, Patel, C, Marwah, M, Christian, T, & Bash, C. "Sustainable IT Ecosystems: Enabling Next-Generation Cities." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability. ASME 2011 5th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Parts A, B, and C. Washington, DC, USA. August 7–10, 2011. pp. 1797-1803. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ES2011-54447
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