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Pictures of the Future
The Magazine for Research and Innovation

Smart Cities

Detecting Urban Energy Losses from the Sky

Siemens has developed a new technology to identify energy losses in entire urban districts.

Now being tested, the technology, which uses 3D modeling software, is expected to enable communities to take customized measures to improve their energy efficiency. To collect the data, a thermal camera system mounted on a hot air balloon creates images that the software uses to calculate a 3D model, thus making energy hot spots visible in a geographical data base. Gleisdorf, a small town in Austria, serves as a testing site for the system. There, researchers are on the lookout for critical spots in buildings or building complexes that have the greatest potential for improving the community’s energy efficiency.

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Sebastian Webel