Smart Cities

What makes a city smart? Smart city solutions contribute to the effective management of urban areas, improving connectivity, sustainability, and livability. Across all areas of city life, technology and data are used to analyze and optimize, thus enhance outcomes and improve quality of life.

Smart Cities China - shaping sustainable growth

The new report China’s Urban Future sets out the opportunities for smart cities to deliver the national agenda of sustainable and equitable economic growth. By adding digital intelligence to urban systems such as water, power or transportation, new infrastructure can do more than ever before.  

This report has been prepared by OAV - German Asia-Pacific Business Association, Volkswagen Group China and Siemens.

Dimensions of smart city development

Our cities continue to grow at unprecedented rates, and we are living in an increasingly urban world. How do we manage environmental impact, urban resilience and financing? Different dimensions of smart city development have the potential to guide cities in the right direction.
Digital readiness and potential

The Atlas of Digitalization

Cities are undergoing a dramatic transformation as part of the fourth industrial revolution. They are increasingly using digital technologies to respond to the spread of urbanization and the huge range of challenges related to this trend. The interactive “Atlas of Digitalization” shows how this transformation is affecting six selected metropolitan areas around the world and how digital technologies are helping them improve the quality of urban life both today and tomorrow.

Smart City Reports


Fueling cities’ economic growth

Airports were once located on the periphery of the city but their importance to urban life is increasingly central. Today airports are driving growth in cities and are even creating their own “airport cities” in turn, creating local growth and jobs. Though they are not all good news for cities and their citizens, with many questions being raised around noise, pollution and often traffic congestion.

Our suite of consulting, software and hardware solutions can help to mitigate these important questions. An interactive and comprehensive tool – the City Performance Tool (CyPT) - gives guidance to a city on how to achieve environmental targets while providing an indication on how each infrastructure-related decision will influence job creation and infrastructure sector growth.


Siemens' airport developmental efforts currently focus on five fields of innovation. This includes intelligent guidance of passenger flows, seamless tracking of luggage and buses that drive autonomously on airport grounds as well as predictive maintenance for, and operation of, systems such as baggage handling and building technology. For this development work, Siemens is using MindSphere as the IoT platform.

Cities stories

Creating smart cities