This research project has identified a number of industrial, economic, scientific and technical barriers that need to be examined as part of the development of the INDICATE decision support tool. To address the industrial and economic barriers identified in this and the achieve the final overall goal of the project, the following objectives have been defined across key areas of research:

  • INDICATE provides for a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the appropriate mechanisms to enhance urban energy efficiency sustainability.
  • INDICATE will enable decision makers and planners to assess impacts of different options of increasing the energy efficiency of their cities.
  • INDICATE will inform master-planning tools and allow development of custom designed solution for optimizing energy performance of a city with regard to energy based Sustainable Urban Indicators.
  • INDICATE will help decision makers to communicate suggested policy to all stakeholders using best practice examples, interactive model outputs and visual presentation, thus increasing the efficiency of policy implementation.
  • INDICATE will enable a new level of exchange of information to create energy-efficient and smart cities and will connect decision makers and experts.
  • INDICATE will enable businesses to identify opportunities in the Reduction, Planning, Integration or Optimisation of Energy Conservation Measures (ECM’s), technologies or services.
  • INDICATE will enable new business models based on the exchange of experiences and best practice reports, and will also allow businesses to connect to new customers.
  • INDICATE will create a Common City Index (CCI) to allow local, regional and European governments to benchmark and compare their cities performance.

The objectives aimed at addressing the main scientific and technical barriers include the following:

  • Delivery of an interactive decision support tool that will facilitate and optimize the collaboration of stakeholders (City Architects/Planners, Urban Planning Consultancy Firms, the Public and Business;
  • Community, ICT/RET system suppliers and potential investors in a City) with the common goal of advancing on the path towards the ‘Smart’ City;
  • To perform a spatio-temporal interaction analysis minimizing the expected cost of energy for the consumer by temporal scheduling and spatial planning;
  • To allow local load balancing solutions for a sustainable city with respect to reserve capacity potential for building integrated RETs and electricity and smart grid system;
  • To develop a harmonised Common City Index (CCI) that can be applied to all cities across Europe;
  • To develop methodologies to aid decision-making and subsequent policy formulation/ implementation, particularly through the development of Sustainable Urban Indicators;
  • To develop a Dynamic Simulation Modelling Platform that integrates real city information, GIS information, existing energy master-planning tools, renewable and ICT technologies and the electricity/smart grids into a single software;
  • To integrate algorithms for demand response analysis and tariff analysis to provide local balancing support for integrated systems in a city;
  • To develop dynamic web-based 3D visualisation technology that can react to sensor and simulation model inputs;
  • To develop and test new 3D cartographic and information architecture methods for transferring knowledge about complex (urban) environments.