Smart urban communities – great places to live, work, and learn

Smart urban communities powered by digital technology from Siemens: great places to live, work, and learn

Projections say that up to seven billion people will live in urban areas by 2050. But how can we make city life livable for all city residents? How can we create places that are desirable for everyone and ensure economic success while also preserving our planet? Here's where smart urban communities – city districts, business parks, and higher education campuses – come into play.

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Siemens Xcelerator

Accelerating the digital transformation

Siemens Xcelerator is an open digital business platform and marketplace with the ambition to create a powerful ecosystem of partners who can jointly accelerate digital transformation tailored to your specific business goals. Making digital transformation easier, faster and at scale.

Sustainable urban spaces powered by the digital transformation

Smart urban communities can take many different forms and shapes. What they all have in common is their responsive, intelligent infrastructure. Its digitally driven elements are connected via physical paths, data lines, and electric grids. Tied together and controlled via IoT and cloud applications, they lay the groundwork for quality of life and prosperity, new economic opportunities, and the most efficient use of natural resources.

Adaptable communities that meet all user requirements

We provide leading technologies that make it possible to create sustainable urban communities in harmony with user expectations, business needs, and the environment. Digital twins and networked digital technologies help make energy systems, buildings, and supporting infrastructures smarter and more sustainable. Smart buildings and infrastructures become able to respond to changing demand patterns, in this way turning good places into great ones.

Smart urban communities that provide answers to the demands of all stakeholders


Technology to transform the everyday

At Siemens, we bring people, knowledge, and technology together to bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds. This is how we’re able to develop the most valuable brownfield and greenfield solutions. Click on the portfolio elements below to discover how our digitally supported products and services help to create adaptable, future-proof, and smart urban communities.

Planning, consulting, and simulation

Optimizing power system and building performance 

With state-of-the-art market and technology expertise and powerful simulation tools, our consultants support you in optimizing your power system and your buildings based on your specific 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 can gain more independence from energy suppliers and establish a highly sustainable, cost-efficient, and remarkably more resilient power supply. It’s even possible for campuses to actively participate in the energy market, because 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 residences: fast, flexible, and reliable.


The brain of eMobility.

Considering the important role of eMobility in urban spaces like campuses, the infrastructure for electric mobility has to satisfy the requirements of the grid and also meet the needs of all the people operating on a modern 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 uses 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

Comprehensive protection for people and assets

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 its demands are changing, and protection using advanced security management and services means safeguarding the foundation of sustained competitiveness and business continuity for all our customers.


Analyzing and utilizing what buildings can share

Every system and component in the buildings on a smart campus creates numerousc 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’s at the heart of 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 campuses

Smart urban communities are autonomous living, business, and learning hubs that generate huge amounts of data. The holistic representation of these data provides fast and easy access to information and makes communities smarter, more resilient, sustainable, and future proof. This digital transformation is enabled by a sound digitalization strategy, IoT devices, system integration, cloud computing, and analytical models.


Making investments easy

Campuses face the inherent challenge of housing, catering, and employing thousands of people at a time. Many are looking to smart technologies to help them operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and better serve their inhabitants. Smart and flexible financing solutions are a key enabler for staying ahead of the curve.


Let’s make the world more sustainable together – one smart urban community at a time.

Are you an investor, a developer, an architect, a planner, a builder, or an operator? Would you like to turn your next project into a smart urban community? If so, please drop us a line below.