Cities for the future

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Smart city districts pave the way to more livable urban areas

Cities can greatly benefit from attractive city districts that shape the lives of people and communities, the success of businesses, and the health of the world around the districts with the help of smart infrastructure. The digital, agile, and flexible city districts of tomorrow manages costs, support the efficient use of all resources, and easily adapts to changing demands, in this way remaining attractive for residents and businesses in the long term. We are offering a fully integrated, bespoke end-to-end solution that combines renewable and intelligent energy supply and energy efficiency, smart buildings, and e-mobility charging to create more caring, integrated urban environments that understand and manage changing conditions, support the people who use them, and make lives better.

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University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham partners with Siemens to create the smartest university campus in the world

The University of Birmingham, in partnership with Siemens, is combining digital sensor and analytic technologies, artificial intelligence, decentralised energy generation and storage, renewable energy and concepts that help change users’ behaviour to transform the University’s Edgbaston and Dubai campuses into the world’s smartest global campus, creating a ‘Living Lab’ where research, teaching and learning all benefit from access to new data and connectivity. 

Shaping the future of city life

Smart city districts tackle many of the the challenges that cities face today. Our digital strategy and technology help cities to establish livable quarters that respond to user requirements and remain attractive for the years to come.

Portfolio

Efficient infrastructure for attractive city districts

Our range of products, solutions, and services enables the integrated control and management of the complete energy, building, safety and security, and e-mobility infrastructure of a district – throughout the entire lifecycle.

Planning, consulting, and simulation

Optimizing power system and building performance 

With up-to-date market and technology expertise and powerful simulation tools, our consultants support you in optimizing your power system and your buildings with regard to your individual technical and economic targets. Our services comprise strategic advice and grid design as well as control and automation concepts for both power and building infrastructures.

Power generation

Distributed energy systems create extra value

In the wake of the ongoing decentralization of the energy system, more and more campuses are using local energy solutions to produce the electricity they need. But there’s even more in it: With the help of distributed energy systems, campuses gain more independence from energy suppliers and establish a highly sustainable, cost-efficient, and remarkably more resilient power supply. It even becomes possible for campuses to actively participate in the energy market, as any generated surplus can be fed into the power grid and sold to the market – an attractive opportunity to create additional revenue. 

Energy management

Microgrids for cost-effective, sustainable, reliable power

Microgrids contain all the elements of complex energy systems, they maintain the balance between generation and consumption, and they can operate on and/or off grid. More and more campus operators are using microgrids to produce the electricity they need cost-effectively, sustainably, and reliably.

Energy storage

Energy storage solutions for any requirements

Energy storage solutions for industry, infrastructure, and private individuals: fast, flexible and reliable.

eMobility

The brain of eMobility.

Considering the important role of eMobility within urban spaces like campuses, the infrastructure for electric mobility must satisfy the requirements of the grid, but also meet the needs of all the people operating in a modern city campus.

Grid connection and smart electrification

An effective, reliable, and safe power supply is the operational backbone of a campus. A smart electrification system covers everything from medium-voltage switchgear all the way to low-voltage switchboards and busbar trunking systems and makes use of smart software tools and applications.

Smart buildings

Increasing building performance, efficiency, and adaptability

We spend up to 90 percent of our lives in buildings, and we believe that everything people do in life deserves a perfect place to do it - smart buildings are an active contributor to the experience and success of its stakeholders.

Safety and security

Keeping city campuses safe and secure

Security is one of the most important enablers for the way we live and do business in a globalized world. Digitalization impacts all industries and is a powerful catalyst and enabler of change. The global security landscape and their demands are changing, protection through advanced security management and services, means safeguarding the basis of sustained competitiveness and business continuity of our customers.

Services

Analyzing and utilizing what buildings can share

Every system and component within the buildings of a smart campus creates numerous data that can be collected, analyzed, and used to gain actionable insights. Building Twin, the application of digital twins of buildings to provide relevant data across the building lifecycle, and BIM, a collaborative process that is the core for the digitalization of the construction industry, help create safe, efficient buildings that continuously interact, learn, and adapt to new requirements.

IoT infrastructure

IoT solutions for city campuses

Today’s metropolitan cities consist of innumerable, interconnected systems, which need to operate at peak efficiency to enable the mobility and well-being of its inhabitants, energy, water and waste management, as well as emergency response – to name a few of them. Our Campus Control Center can help to tackle these challenges and make all our lives more secure every day.

Financing

Making investments easy

Campuses by their very nature have a difficult challenge of housing, catering and employing thousands of people at a time. Many are looking to smart technology to help them run more efficiently, reduce costs and better serve their inhabitants. Smart and flexible financing solutions are a key enabler to stay ahead of the curve.

Decarbonize Urbanity

Blog: How to Decarbonize Urbanity with Digital Twins

Decarbonization of energy systems used in public and private sectors can be accelerated with six principal success factors related to digital twin technology. Find out how this can shape the climate of tomorrow and give businesses a competitive advantage as trusted suppliers. 

grid interactive building

Turning buildings into a source of energy: The grid interactive building

The energy system is changing. The decarbonization of energy is a critical transition that is reshaping all organizations. Driven by climate policy, enabled by the decentralization of energy generation and digitalization of buildings and systems. Decarbonization of energy use is more technically feasible than ever before.

Support

We support cities in making the most of what they have

The combination of the physical and digital worlds is the key to making a city district really smart. As a master system integrator, we’re there to help cities leverage their full potential in the planning, implementation, maintenance, and even financing of a smart district.

Services for smart city districts

 

Be it planning, construction, or operation: A Smart District requires the interaction of numerous trades in order to unfold its benefits to the full. 

With its long-standing experience and expertise in the fields of energy, building technology, digitalization, and even financing, Siemens is ideally positioned to support educational institutions throughout the entire lifecycle of a smart district. The Siemens experts are always at your disposal to help you enhance the performance of your buildings by delivering a completely integrated, bespoke end-to-end solution that consists of multiple components – in this way making it possible to develop and operate adequate mobility solutions, create the degree of flexibility that’s required to enable change and innovation, and meet even ambitious sustainability and green energy goals. They’ll even be at your side when it comes to understanding the complex investment decisions behind the various technologies and identify viable financing models.

References

Trendsetting city districts around the world

Discover how smart city districts are redefining the way people live, work, and do business – and pave the way to more sustainable, safe, and secure city life.

Discover more about smart campuses

Whether for educational institutions, for districts and cities, for industrial enterprises, or in mixed-use settings: Digital, agile, and flexible smart campuses improve the life and work of people. They support communities, businesses, and the environment in many different ways. Discover how we are harnessing technology and our expertise to create more caring environments in a huge range of applications.

Smart campus solutions