A promising Smart City transformation is under way in Bellinzona, capital of Ticino canton with more than 18 thousand inhabitants. The smart evolution started in 2013 from the public lighting infrastructure: about 1.500 mercury vapor lamps have been replaced with LED-based devices so far to reduce energy consumption and light pollution, achieve greater cost-savings and offer a greater quality of life to citizens. Having implemented PE Smart Urban Network as remote management and control platform, local energy utility AMB managed to better calibrate lighting intensity and reduce it by 50% in selected streets. Without impacting quality of services, this enabled the City to significantly cut energy consumption and spending.
The project also involves a Smart Metering pilot initiative, using the same technological platform to control a portion of the power distribution network and a set of electrical meters, and an ambitious FTTH – Fiber To The Home plan, aiming at bringing optical fiber to all homes in Bellinzona and surroundings.
Mauro Suà, General Manager at AMB, stated, “Progress in technology usually allows a three- to five-year viewpoint, but a wise City manager should consider benefits and costs in thirty or fifty years when settling an investment which could significantly impact urban development and growth. We cannot betray financial sustainability principles and citizen trust”.