Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Smart Infrastructure Startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Smart Infrastructure Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 208 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Valerann – Smart Roads
Rapid technological advancements in smart connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in smart cities require the construction of the corresponding infrastructure, i.e smart roads, and highways. They provide Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) sensor integration, structural maintenance monitoring, real-time traffic data collection, Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, and road conditions control so as to create an integrated smart driving environment for CAVs. The Israeli company Valerann designs smart road systems in the form of an end-to-end wireless network of Internet of Things (IoT) solar sensors. Placed within roads, these multi-sensor cross-signal points collect data, send it to the cloud and, through machine learning algorithms, envisage paths for autonomous vehicles and detect potential risks on-the-go.
Intelligent Structures – Smart Bridges & Tunnels
Collapses of bridges and tunnels, paired with increasing safety concerns due to high loads, force smart city authorities to resort to transforming traditional engineering structures into intelligent ones. Equipped with simple harmonic motion (SHM) control, predictive maintenance, smart lighting, and wireless sensors, smart bridges and tunnels allow for increased security and longevity. Intelligent Structures from the USA offers bridge performance management solutions, built around structural health monitoring and Industrial IoT (IIoT). The main features comprise of sensors for measuring strain, acceleration, temperature, vibration, etc. as well as critical controls such as alarms or closing actuators. Moreover, the solution also features big data analytics and cloud communications.
Aqua Robur – Smart Water Infrastructure
The growing weaknesses of traditional municipal water supply in the digital era such as aging pipelines and valves, costly diagnostics and repair, maladaptive management of leakages and theft, pose a question of upgrading built water infrastructure to cyber-physical water networks. Usually, this is achieved by incorporating smart water meters and valves, sensor-equipped pipelines, remote diagnostics tools, leakage prediction instruments, and smart analytics. The Swedish company Aqua Robur develops FenixHub, a self-powered IoT device, capable of measuring and collecting data to discover leaks and deficient water quality in municipal pipelines. FenixHub addresses the questions of adequate energy supply and wireless integration by employing hydro-based energy harvester with Long-Range and Narrow-Band Internet of Things (LoRa & NB-IoT) functionalities.
Gram Power – Smart Power Infrastructure
Urban power infrastructure is facing many issues nowadays. Among them are distribution losses, outages and the lack of quick data communication. IoT technologies convert municipal energy utilities into the Internet-of-Energy, a networked system of smart generation grids, real-time loads management, energy metering, and automated distribution. It aspires to streamline the urban energy information and make it available across all links involved. Gram Power from India produces smart energy metering and grid management software for making urban and rural areas smarter. It provides a digital mapping of energy distribution networks, remote “metering as a service”, and consumer mobile application for budget monitoring, bills, and theft reporting, in order to achieve more energy-efficient consumption.
FutureSiSens – Smart Gas Infrastructure
As natural gas is still widely used for heating and cooking purposes, gas infrastructure retrofitting appears to be a good solution given the fact of depreciation and climate change challenges. Smart sensing and metering of gas pipes enable cost-saving, regular condition- and theft monitoring, and consumer engagement, to provide a more transparent setting for gas distribution and consumption. Spain-based FutureSiSens designs and manufactures thermoelectric microsensors based on nano-silicon technology. These microdevices detect very small-scale gas flow variations while maintaining zero-power consumption, real-time gas monitoring, and wireless networks integration.
What About The Other 203 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 208 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.