The proptech company will work with Enel X on its smart city projects in Brazil and equip them with a variety of IoT-enabled products and services, including intelligent streetlights and smart home devices.
Smart affordable housing and proptech company, Planet Smart City, has signed an international agreement with sustainable energy specialist, Enel X.
Enel X, part of the Enel Group, will support Planet’s smart city projects in Brazil by providing a variety of Internet-of-Things- (IoT-) enabled products and services, including intelligent streetlights and smart home devices.
The Planet Smart City model has been proven in Brazil where four projects are underway: Smart City Laguna, Smart City Natal, Smart City Aquiraz and Viva!Smart. It said the partnership with Enel X is an important strategic agreement, helping deliver its ambitious plans to launch 44,500 housing units by 2025.
The devices provided by Enel X will enable a range of value-adding services, leveraged by Planet to strengthen engagement among the communities and enhance the lives of its residents. By providing access to these products at scale, the partnership with Enel X will enable Planet to maintain the efficient development of smart communities at a low-cost to residents.
“We aim to collaborate with the most innovative and dynamic organisations within the industry, and I believe we have done that through our partnership with Enel X,” said Giovanni Savio, global CEO, Planet Smart City. “This agreement helps us to raise the quality of life for our residents, whether that’s through new smart streetlights or community-enhancing services. I look forward to working with the Enel X team on our shared vision for smarter, more sustainable lives.”
In addition, through YouUrban, the strategic platform used across Enel X’s smart city projects, Planet will have access to data-driven analytics showcasing interactions between its solutions and residents. This will enable Planet to better tailor its solutions to strengthen community engagement.
"This partnership is an important milestone for Enel X, as it introduces projects that meet specific needs with intelligent solutions that will make everyday life easier,” added Carlos Eduardo Cardoso, head of e-City Brazil, Enel X. “One of the proposals would be to have customised options for a residential development offering all the smart home technologies available, with solar energy generation and an electric vehicle charger in your garage.”
“This agreement helps us to raise the quality of life for our residents, whether that’s through new smart streetlights or community-enhancing services”
Casali & Partners Corp, an Italian American real estate consulting firm and a Planet Smart City partner, contributed to the creation and development of the partnership, advising on relevant services and technologies to be included within the agreement.
Planet Smart City was founded in 2015 by real estate experts Giovanni Savio and Susanna Marchionni and chaired by physicist and entrepreneur Stefano Buono to design and build neighbourhoods in countries with high housing deficits. It works in partnership with real estate developers around the world to improve quality of life.
Planet Smart City’s mission is to create communities that respect local cultures and support inclusivity and sustainability. It does this through integrating innovative infrastructural, technological and social innovation solutions into its projects.
The research, development and integration of these innovative solutions is undertaken by subsidiary Planet Idea, which operates through multidisciplinary competence centres in Turin (Italy) and Pune (India). Planet Idea has, among other projects, created and launched the Planet App, a digital platform of high value-added services that also facilitates communication between residents in Planet Smart City’s neighbourhoods.
In 2020, the business expanded into India. In Italy, the company collaborates with leading real estate developers in numerous smart social housing projects.
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