Smart Cities

How urbanization shapes the planet. Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants. By 2050, more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.

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Key trend: urbanization

The challenges of constant growth

Infrastructure has a profound effect on quality of life, but one that we only really appreciate when things do not work as well as they should. Anybody who has experienced power blackouts or stuck in traffic jams knows that things could, and should, be better.

 

Urbanization complicates matters further. Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants, and by 2050 more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.

 

Digitalization is changing our world. Today the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans on the planet. These intelligent devices generate massive amounts of data transforming life and business across all sectors. However, much infrastructure has yet to be transformed by the information age. Instead, in most places, trains, power systems, buildings, buses, and roads have hardly changed in nature. Some digital systems have been incorporated but we have only just begun to unlock the potential of fully digitized, electrified, information-enabled, intelligent infrastructure. Doing so will be key to meeting the world’s present and future sustainable development challenges. Siemens is a trusted partner offering solutions across all infrastructure domains making cities more efficient, sustainable and resilient. We help you meet the challenges that cities of the future face: maintaining, modernizing and upgrading an ageing urban infrastructure.

 

With more than half of the global population living in cities, there is no doubt that we live in an urbanized world and the global challenges of the 21st century are in urban areas.

Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (source: Interview with Joan Clos by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service on the "Rio+20" conference, June 2012)

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Where technology makes a difference

What are the key areas in which our urban infrastructure can benefit most from advanced digital technologies?
Smart mobility

Efficient, safe and ecofriendly transportation

Transportation of people and goods is a top priority for metropolitan areas. Siemens sets the benchmark in connecting information technology with transportation expertise to create the best mobility offering for customers and passengers.

Innovative traffic management systems optimizes road and rail capacity, while information systems help passengers find efficient travel routes. Fully automated metros can be flexibly adapted to passenger volume – and dynamic traffic control systems guarantee an optimized traffic flow. The result: Optimally networked conurbations that flexibly adapt to changing requirements.

Our specialist knowledge includes comprehensive domain and turnkey expertise that enables us to service the entire mobility spectrum. Integrated mobility platforms from Siemens integrate diverse transport providers, offering an end-to-end travel experience across metro, bus, car, bike-sharing, parking and even taxi services. As a single source provider, we offer high quality rail products and solutions for urban and interurban transportation and logistics. We help optimize the overall performance of transportation networks

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Smart mobility

Intelligent buildings

Buildings consume more energy than industry or mobility

41% of worldwide energy consumption, responsible for one third of greenhouse gas emissions: Buildings are one major part of the worldwide environmental footprint. If we’d like to succeed against climate change, sustainable, and energy-efficient buildings need to be part of a global answer.

Beside buildings’ environmental impact, there are also economical aspects: Real Estate often is the 2nd largest expense on most organizations’ income statement. So buildings can be a critical factor for a company’s success and in the end for the employees’ job security.


But buildings are far more than that. People spend about 90 % of their lives indoors – starting with our birth in hospitals, learning at schools, developing at universities, succeeding in jobs in office buildings. Buildings are not just a place for working and living. It’s the place where we spend our lives.

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Creating perfect places

Energy management

Rethinking power for the better

A constant reliable energy supply is central for economic growth and stability, as well as social wellbeing in cities all over the world. Yet existing power grids are facing challenges: growing power requirements, increasing proportion of fluctuating power generated from renewable sources, power outages caused by storms, excessive demand, ageing infrastructure.

All of this has a significant impact on businesses and households – if the power supply fails, there are repercussions across all infrastructure domains. Smart grid technologies from Siemens make it possible to modernize and adapt existing power grids to future demands. They can enable power operators to manage energy more efficiently, react more flexibly to changing demands, and boost efficiency in the network as well as incorporate electricity from distributed and renewable sources.

Smart City Reports

How digitalized infrastructure pays off

What is the return on investment for digitalized infrastructure? Siemens worked with five cities to understand their own vision and ambitions for their city, and considering their top three infrastructure priorities, uncovered the overall long term value to each city from digitally enabled intelligent infrastructure investments. The study sets out the benefits of six infrastructure sectors: Energy, Transport, Buildings, Harbours, Security and Connectivity.  Using over 350 data inputs, it calculates their multiple benefits to the city and their return on investment.  
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Intelligent Infrastructure in action