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Cowi in smart town engineering innovation


Consultant Cowi is putting smart infrastructure at the heart of a new town in Denmark, with digital strategies from sensor-operated waste solutions to app-led sharing schemes driving the development.

Engineering group Cowi is providing consultancy services for Nærheden, a new 65ha urban area near Copenhagen, which will eventually house around 8,000 people.

Interdisciplinary teams are working on smart solutions for the town, which will include sensors measuring traffic density, cloudburst alerts and applications for booking shared cars, guest rooms, and office spaces.

”By 2050, nine out of 10 Danes are expected to be living in the big cities and digital solutions present a significant potential in terms of handling the efficiency requirements and accommodating the needs of the residents,” said Cowi project manager Bo Slott Pedersen.

“Development of a new urban area such as Nærheden right from scratch is a unique opportunity to incorporate digital solutions from the beginning rather than having to integrate them in urban areas that have existed for centuries.”

Cowi has been working on the town – which is expected to be complete in 20 to 25 years – since 2016. Some 3,000 energy efficient homes will also be built, along with schools, shops and healthcare facilities.

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