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.
Fira de Barcelona, Booth C379, 13-15 November, 2018

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Discover the Siemens advantage: Learn more about the new opportunities which digitalization presents for cities, to increase urban livability.

Making cities fit for the future

Smart solutions on a balanced budget

With growing urbanization, often critical financial conditions and the challenges of climate change, cities carry a crucial part of development as a whole. What then does intelligent infrastructure mean for buildings, mobility solutions and energy management?  
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.

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)


Where technology makes a difference

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

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. 
Interactive infographic

Powering the future of urban mobility

This interactive feature is based on a quantitative model which estimates the infrastructure requirements and potential impacts of electrification of passenger transport in cities over the next 30 years.
Air Quality

City Air Management

In many parts of the world, air pollution has reached dangerous levels. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 90 percent of the world’s urban population breathe air with pollutant levels that far exceed the recommended thresholds. City leaders are under pressure to meet these challenges and define strategies for sustainable, clean and smart growth.   The deployment of sensors and digital analytics provide unique opportunities to harness data to make better decisions and take action. New digital technologies will contribute to tangible improvements in local quality of life by enabling citizens to improve their health and make more informed decisions about how they travel, and by giving city leaders a better understanding of the causes and severity of local air pollution. City Air Management technology identifies actions to avert poor air quality in the short-term, simulates the impact of these measures and creates enough certainty around these impacts to foster proactive decision-making.   Complementary, the City Performance Tool assesses the impact of medium- and long-term measures on a city’s overall emissions.
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.  

Intelligent Infrastructure in action