Intelligent Infrastructure

Efficient public transportation, access to drinking water and a reliable power supply are among the key elements for sustainable urban development. How can intelligent infrastructure and smart city planning help India meet the needs of a growing, urbanising population?

India’s new urbanites

In 2022, India is tipped to surpass China as the world’s most populous country. Specifically, however, it is the high rate of urbanisation – with an extra 300 million urban citizens by 2040 – that will really test the infrastructure and services of India’s cities.

Every year, millions of Indians leave their traditional rural homes to become new urban citizens. The World Economic Forum predicts that, by 2030, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad will join New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai as megacities – with more than 10 million inhabitants each.

Urbanization is a positive force, because cities create wealth, provide skills and employment, and promote innovation. But uncontrolled growth is unsustainable. If they’re not managed well, megacities drive climate change and the breakdown of traditional family structures, which can lead to social isolation.

The growth of its cities is a tremendous opportunity for India. But ultimately, sensible planning, financing and intelligent technological solutions are required to make the country’s infrastructure capable of accommodating an unprecedented influx of people.


Where technology makes a difference

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

Digitalization drives infrastructure of tomorrow

Secure energy supplies, flexible mobility, energy efficient building control: the requirements for a modern and sustainable infrastructure are growing. Digitalization enables the implementation of innovative solutions that make urban areas better places to live.

Challenges for Intelligent Infrastructure

Challenges for Intelligent Infrastructure

  • 5 bn

    Number of people living in cities in 20301

  • 194,000 TWh

    Global energy demand 2030: 194,000 TWh, + 25% compared to 20122

  • 2.5 bn

    Number of vehicles in 2050: 2.5 bn + 100% compared to 20153

  • USD 239 billion

    Expected costs resulting from traffic jams in Europe and USA in 20304

  • 40%

    Advanced building automation and control systems can save up to 40% of energy5

  • 15%

    Of global NOx emissions are stem from shipping6

  • ~ 5% p.a.

    Rate of Data Center energy consumption increase to 2026 7


2. WEO Report 2014
4. INRIX [] Pressemeldung:
5. Siemens
6. Smith, T.W.P. et al. (2014b) Third IMO GHG Study 2014. London: International Maritime Organisation
7. DCD Global Market Overview and Forecast, 2015

Efficient building management

Better control of building environments not only improves the working or living environment but also reduces the energy consumption of a building. Effective solutions can ensure reliable and efficient operation of buildings.

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Reliable, safe and efficient energy

The supply of reliable and affordable energy is an essential condition for economic growth and good quality of life. The grids of the future have to be agile in order to manage our changing energy systems.

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Smart mobility

Mobility goes digital. Getting quickly and efficiently from A to B is a given these days. But passengers expect more – and municipalities, transport operators and industry have to meet these needs. Intelligent mobility solutions increase the availability of infrastructure, optimize throughput and create a new quality of passenger experience.

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Smart mobility

A better way to move

Congestion and air pollution are two of the biggest challenges that arise when cities grow rapidly. Efficient, environmentally friendly public transportation can make a big contribution to sustainable development.

Mobility in urban areas, particularly in relation to air quality and congestion, has a profound effect on our quality of life. As India's cities grow, they must find innovative ways boosting the efficiency of their transportation systems to raise their capacity while reducing CO2 emissions at the same time.

With intelligent operation control and traffic management systems for traffic lights, roads, railways, metro trains, commuter and regional trains, and for toll, parking, tunnel, and signal and electrification systems, Siemens India creates optimised mobility solutions for customers and passengers.

Intelligent buildings

The benefits of smarter buildings

Rather than industry or transportation, buildings are collectively the biggest energy user, accounting for over 40% of the world’s energy consumption. Upgrading existing buildings with intelligent automation technology offers tremendous benefits for the environment and the balance sheet.

No effort against climate change can succeed without tackling the issue of energy consumption in buildings. As extremely valuable long-term assets, buildings are not easily replaced. This means our existing infrastructure must be upgraded with advanced, energy-efficient technology.

The technology offered by Siemens India provides comfort, security and maximum energy efficiency. In fact, 40% energy savings can be realized the through intelligent automation systems – such as the Desigo automation system, which efficiently monitors and controls heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and all other systems. In addition, integrated fire protection maximizes the security of people and property.

Ingenuity for life creates perfect places

We all begin our lives in a perfect place: In our mother’s tummy. A place where it is never too cold, never too warm, never too loud; a place where we can always feel safe and secure. Why shouldn’t all our lives be lived in perfect places?

So improving buildings, working on perfect places, means working towards better lives. Our goal is: Creating perfect places for every stage of life.

Energy management

Power for sustainable growth

Coal is by far the most important energy source in India – accounting for around 70% of total power generation. To raise grid capacity and resilience, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, innovative business models and technologies are needed in the transition to a sustainable energy landscape.

A reliable energy supply is vital for India’s economic growth and the well-being of its citizens. If the power goes down, the consequences are widespread and immediate. Power grids in many parts of the world are under growing pressure, but the situation looks particularly daunting in India. With an estimated 600 million new electricity consumers by 2040, India will contribute more than any other country to the rise in global demand for energy.

Given that most of the world’s CO2 emissions are produced in cities, India has recognised the urgent need for efficient green power. The government has been collaborating with the IEA to drive the integration of wind power, for example. With Smart Grid technology, highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and advanced wind turbines, Siemens is an end-to-end supplier all of the key components for a sustainable energy network.


Intelligent Infrastructure in action