Building a smart city begins with data

Building a smart city begins with data

By: Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development

I often get asked if there’s a model smart city. There isn’t a city I can point to and say, “That’s the definition of a smart city.” What I’m seeing is that cities can plan for and address different challenges using similar tools but can’t reach their goals with a one-size-fits-all approach. The beauty of technology is how it can be tailored to meet different challenges, across different cities, to help solve universal challenges.


That’s why one of the biggest value adds tech companies can provide for city leaders is helping them clearly see which technologies will deliver the biggest impact. Siemens offers a unique service, the City Performance Tool (CyPT), that has supported more than a dozen cities across North America to determine which technologies and infrastructure choices will deliver the biggest impact.


So far the CyPT has been focused on ways to reduce emissions or improve air quality. Over the course of the past year, the City of Orlando and Siemens have worked together to use the CyPT to analyze what infrastructure technologies are necessary to achieve Orlando’s goal of 90-percent carbon reduction by 2040. Phoenix seeks a 30-percent carbon reduction by 2025. Boston wants to be carbon neutral by 2050.


Most recently, the CyPT helped the City of Mississauga, just west of Toronto, determine how it could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050. This will involve building, transportation, and power-generation technologies, and energy use.


By applying a purpose-driven approach to the technology we have—whether that’s data analytics, AI or automation—we can drastically reduce emissions and improve air quality in our growing urban centers. We can also raise the bar for health, safety, and quality of life, and close gaps in opportunity. Siemens is exploring as many ways to do this as we can.


Read the City of Mississauga press release here.


Check out our Cities Topics page for the full report on the CyPT in action in the City of Mississauga here


Published: June 13, 2019