Connected Urban Futures

Empower sustainable living on BaseN

Smart Cities, Smart Buildings

A necessity for tomorrow

Urbanization is the future, with 60% of the world’s population expected to reside in cities by 2050. In this landscape, the smart city concept is not a luxury but a necessity. Rising urban populations and heightened environmental awareness are compelling cities worldwide to embrace advanced technologies and sustainable solutions, enhancing urban life quality.

This drive towards smarter cities extends to smart buildings. In Finland, our unique climate demands innovative city planning. Buildings here account for a significant 40% of energy consumption, driving us to develop data-driven, energy-efficient structures. This global trend involves constructing buildings that efficiently fulfill their purpose while reducing energy costs, supporting the electric grid, and lessening environmental impact.

Smart cities and smart buildings prioritize energy efficiency by retrofitting structures and implementing advanced technologies to drive lower energy consumption and carbon emissions.

These initiatives underscore the integration and connectivity of various systems, all in the service of the people. In smart cities, this means connecting urban services to enhance the quality of life for residents. In smart buildings, it involves seamlessly integrating subsystems and harnessing IoT (Internet of Things) technology to create dynamic, efficient structures that cater to the needs and well-being of their users.

Smart cities and smart buildings focus on improving the user experience. In smart buildings, data-driven insights enable predictive maintenance and personalized services. In smart cities, this extends to enhancing transportation, public spaces, and city services for residents' convenience and enjoyment.

Customer Use Cases

Explore these customers cases and see how we help them achieve their goals faster

Monitoring Zero Energy Houses

Volker Wessels, the Netherlands' second-largest construction firm, aimed to revolutionize housing with 100% zero-energy homes, building 1,000 to 3,000 annually. A sophisticated system in each home collected real-time data from nearly 200 parameters via a small controller communicating with BaseN Platform. This initiative delivered clear proof of zero-energy homes to residents and allowed Volker Wessels to optimize settings, detect appliance issues, and predict performance, setting a new industry standard in data-driven sustainable construction.
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First of its kind Energy Efficient Apartment Building

BaseN transformed Adjutantti into a smart apartment building. Real-time energy data led to a 15% reduction in household energy use and a 30% drop in water consumption. The solar system covers 20% of common facility electricity. Accurate billing and early malfunction detection were ensured. Adjutantti is now an energy-efficient and cost-effective smart building.
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Saving More with Less

BaseN's Vantaan Energia partnership brought real-time energy awareness to Spinelli apartments, reducing electricity usage and enhancing safety. This case study demonstrates BaseN's IoT solutions, making apartments smarter and more efficient.
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In all these cases, BaseN Platform’s powerful analytics was instrumental in processing and presenting massive amounts of data to all the stakeholders flawlessly and in real-time.

Distributed sectors

BaseN Platform: A standardized platform for global digital twins

Distributed sectors refer to industries and systems where operations, data, and resources are spread across multiple locations or decentralized networks.

New York City: Law 97

make the city carbon neutral by 2050

Local Law 97, part of the City Council’s Climate Mobilization Act, is a leading effort to reduce emissions, aligned with the Mayor’s New York City Green New Deal.

A digital twin platform with strengths in data collection, analytics, reports, alerts, and user interfaces can play a crucial role in helping New York City address the ambitious goals set forth by Local Law 97 and the broader initiative to make the city carbon-neutral by 2050.

Here’s how such a platform could assist:

Data collection

The platform could aggregate real-time data from various sources in buildings subject to Local Law 97, encompassing energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, temperature, occupancy, and more. BaseN Platform, being data-agnostic, would seamlessly collect data from a wide array of vendors, devices, and sensors, demonstrating its versatility in multi-tenant and multi-vendor settings.


The platform’s advanced analytics process collected data, uncovering valuable insights that gain depth through third-party input. This enrichment reveals significant correlations like the interplay of heating costs with outdoor temperatures or electricity consumption aligned with real-time prices, effectively transforming raw data into actionable knowledge. This benefits both individual users, who can adapt their habits for sustainability and cost-efficiency, and building owners, who enjoy enhanced resource management. These insights extend well beyond basic patterns and trends, enabling data-driven decisions, fostering efficiency, and driving emissions reduction.


The platform can offer real-time alerts for deviations from energy efficiency targets or emissions limits, empowering building managers to swiftly rectify issues and prevent penalties. For example, in the case of water consumption spikes, it serves as an early warning system for system breakdowns. This predictive maintenance function optimizes service routes, reducing disruptions, and improving residents’ overall quality of life.


The platform can generate detailed reports on building energy consumption and emissions. These reports could be customized to meet the specific needs of building owners, operators, regulatory authorities, third parties including universities, and so on. Regular reports could be automatically generated and distributed to stakeholders.

From Data to Actionable Insights

User Interfaces

BaseN Platform can provide different user interfaces tailored to the needs of various stakeholders (including educational units, statistical data research, R&D of construction companies, architect bureaus, and engineering offices).

For instance:

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    Building owners and operators
    Comprehensive dashboard displaying energy usage, emissions data, and recommendations for improvements.
  • Regulatory authorities
    A portal to monitor compliance across multiple buildings and enforce Local Law 97 requirements.
  • Residents or tenants
    A simplified interface for tracking their individual energy usage and emissions contributions.

Insights for Different Stakeholders

BaseN Platform can offer different levels of insights to cater to various stakeholders. 

For instance:

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    Building managers
    Gain insights into operational efficiency and maintenance needs
  • Regulatory agencies
    Access compliance status, track progress toward emissions reduction targets, and enforce penalties when necessary
  • Environmental organizations and advocacy groups
    Platform to monitor overall citywide progress toward carbon neutrality
  • Residents and tenants
    Personalized tips on how to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint

BaseN Platform, as a data-agnostic platform, can integrate with building management systems, smart meters, and other existing infrastructure to streamline data collection and analysis.


As Local Law 97 evolves with potential amendments and stricter limits, BaseN Platform can adapt and incorporate new requirements seamlessly.

A digital twin platform tailored for Local Law 97 compliance can serve as a powerful tool to monitor, manage, and improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings in New York City.

It would facilitate data-driven decision-making, support the achievement of emission reduction targets, and contribute to the city’s broader carbon neutrality goals.

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