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Leveraging Data for Resilient Smart Cities: Citizen Engagement


Leveraging Data for Resilient Smart Cities: Insights and the Importance of Citizen Engagement 

1st July 2023 - London, UK

A new report, 'Four Ways Data Supports a Resilient Smart City' prioritises citizen engagement as a core component of future urban development. Pavegen highlights the importance of engagement technologies in this process.

As technology continues to shape our world, the concept of smart cities has emerged as a beacon of innovation and sustainability. At Pavegen, we're passionate about revolutionising urban spaces with our kinetic energy-generating flooring system. In line with our vision, we recently came across an insightful playbook that delves into the transformative power of data in building resilient smart cities. Join us as we explore the key takeaways from "Four Ways Data Supports a Resilient Smart City.", by AVEVA.

Understanding the Power of Data 

Data serves as the foundation for smart cities. the playbook highlights how leveraging data can optimize urban infrastructure, enhance citizen experiences, and promote sustainability. By harnessing real-time information, cities can make informed decisions and streamline their operations for a brighter, greener future. 

More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and this is expected to rise to 6 billion by 2045. As urban areas expand, it is vital for governments and city leaders to plan for sustainable development that creates positive impact for citizens. To do this and create smarter cities we need access to reliable and efficient data. 

Transforming Urban Planning 

The playbook emphasises the role of data in revolutionising urban planning processes. By utilising data-driven insights, city planners can optimise land use, transportation systems, and resource allocation. This approach enables cities to create efficient and sustainable environments that meet the evolving needs of their residents. 

Early adoption of smart city technologies into the design process is vital to incorporating data-driven solutions from the outset, city planners can make informed decisions that lead to more efficient and sustainable urban environments. 

In addition to the integration of technology, the playbook emphasises the crucial role of citizen engagement in shaping city architecture. Engaging citizens in the planning and design processes empowers them to contribute their unique perspectives and needs, ultimately leading to the creation of more inclusive and liveable urban spaces.  

But including people in the development processes is not the only important step in smart city engagement. Citizens must be considered throughout the design process, determining how physically engaged with their city they can become. People are the lifeblood of cities; urban planners need to build environments that can inspire positive change and community wellbeing. 

Technologies such as Pavegen can provide interactive touch points for citizens that engage them with their community and built environments. This fosters positive change and sustainable behaviours, Pavegen does this by encouraging active participation in renewable-energy generation on kinetic energy floor tiles. 

Promoting Citizen Engagement and Well-being 

Smart cities prioritise citizen well-being and engagement, recognising the importance of actively involving residents in the planning and development of their communities. The report emphasises the pivotal role of data in fostering citizen participation and creating a strong sense of community. In this context, Pavegen's innovative technology can contribute significantly to enhancing citizen engagement and promoting a higher quality of life. 

Pavegen's kinetic energy-generating flooring system serves as a catalyst for citizen engagement by providing an interactive and tangible way for individuals to contribute to their city's sustainability efforts. As people walk or step on Pavegen tiles, they not only generate clean energy but also actively participate in the transformation of their urban environment. This hands-on experience creates a unique connection between citizens and their surroundings, fostering a sense of ownership and pride in their community. 

Data-driven platforms play a crucial role in facilitating citizen engagement. By integrating Pavegen's data with other relevant sources, cities can create interactive dashboards or apps that allow residents to visualise and understand the impact of their sustainability activities. This transparency empowers individuals to track their contributions, fostering a sense of achievement and motivation to continue adopting sustainable behaviours. 

Moreover, the community-building aspect of Pavegen's technology is invaluable. Through public installations and engagement initiatives, Pavegen brings people together, fostering a sense of camaraderie and connection among residents. The shared experience of generating energy through footsteps creates opportunities for interaction, collaboration, and the formation of social bonds, ultimately enhancing the overall well-being and social fabric of the community. 


Data-driven solutions hold immense potential in transforming cities into resilient and smart urban environments. "Four Ways Data Supports a Resilient Smart City," provides invaluable insights into this dynamic field. As proponents of sustainable technologies, Pavegen aligns with the playbook's vision for a greener, more efficient future. By leveraging our kinetic energy-generating flooring system and incorporating data-driven approaches, we can contribute to the creation of smart cities that prioritise sustainability, data efficiency, and citizen well-being. 

Together, let's pave the way towards a brighter and more sustainable future for our cities. 

Stay connected with Pavegen for more updates, innovations, and discussions on the intersection of sustainability, technology, and smart cities. Together, we can make a difference! 



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About Pavegen

Pavegen is a purpose-driven technology business that helps power change and generates positive outcomes for people and planet. Laying underfoot inside buildings, public spaces and at events, Pavegen Kinetic Paving harnesses the power of people’s footsteps, creating not only a small amount of energy – but also imaginative, interactive experiences and data, to help educate, engage and enable meaningful actions around sustainability and Net Zero intent. Pavegen calls this Citizen Impact; powered by Pavegen.

Pavegen helps power Kinetic Street Furniture applications such as USB charging, LED lights, and Green Wall irrigation systems, whilst data from the system can be used for public educational purposes on digital display screens. Kinetic Brand Experiences at live events, expos, festivals and public spaces produce data to provide gamified experiences that help brands engage meaningfully with consumers.

The company was founded in 2009 by Laurence Kemball-Cook who invented the Kinetic Paving technology that can now be seen in over 37 countries around the world.