Expanding what’s humanly possible
With all our experience in infrastructure, Siemens knows how today’s capabilities, especially the digital tools that we’ve helped develop, can be applied to do things that simply weren't possible before—creating the smart, networked infrastructure of America’s future. We live in a historical moment full of stresses and difficulties, but we also have the opportunity to go deep on redesigning and improving our infrastructure—our highways, energy transmission, ports, and bridges—so that we can create long-term benefits for all Americans.
So, despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we do have reason to be optimistic about our infrastructure outlook, just as Siemens USA CEO Barbara Humpton explains in her new podcast, “The Optimistic Outlook,” and in recent conversations she’s had with United for Infrastructure CEO Zach Schafer as they discussed the possibilities that infrastructure offers for our future.
U.S. Mayors: Infrastructure priorities amid crisis
To better understand city and local infrastructure priorities, Siemens USA partnered with the United States Conference of Mayors and The Harris Poll to survey America’s mayors. The survey, "Infrastructure, Technology and Mayors’ Priorities for Confronting a Health, Economic and Societal Crisis,” revealed many mayors’ priorities, current work underway, and the infrastructure improvements necessary to help support a strong recovery and more resilient future.
Mayors’ immediate top investment priorities for economic recovery are investing in infrastructure to generate jobs and for economic growth (69%) and expanding delivery of virtual/online city services (63%).
Our vision for America’s infrastructure isn’t to rebuild, but to build forward. That’s why Siemens sees our modern mission as connecting the physical world that we helped to create, using tools such as AI, machine learning and advanced automation to optimize infrastructure performance. Networking critical infrastructure builds sustainability and resiliency for the future. Once key infrastructure is connected to the Internet of Things, it can learn and replicate best-in-class practices from other smart infrastructure. Connectivity also leads to an increasingly optimized interface between human operators and smart infrastructure, with more technicians and programmers knowing how to manage resiliency. Data is driving all this performance, as the physical world is more and more dotted with sensors capturing information.
Click here to learn more about the role of the IoT in critical infrastructure.
Siemens has a long history of helping businesses and communities solve complex infrastructure challenges. In supporting America during COVID-19, a key priority is helping to reopen the economy. By leveraging our expertise in digital technologies, smart infrastructure and manufacturing we have quickly adapted the software and technologies at the core of our business to help businesses and communities come back with confidence.
Click here to learn more about how Siemens has made a commitment to creating safe, healthy indoor environments.
Being resilient isn’t just about being able to keep the lights on or trains running or hospitals operating. It also means steadily improving design and surpassing performance benchmarks—particularly when it comoes to greater sustainability.
We don’t have to choose between resuming economic activity and addressing climate change—we can do both. Technology that’s already in the marketplace can support a stronger economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while strengthening our commitment to sustainability.
One example is the electrification of transportation—what Siemens calls eMobility. Electrifying not only vehicles, but buses and trucks, even planes—stands out as one of the biggest opportunities we have to protect our planet and improve air quality nationwide. That’s why Siemens is working with customers on power grid modernization and charging projects to ensure U.S. infrastructure keeps pace with growing consumer demand.
Click here to learn how Siemens is shaping the eMobility market with innovation solutions.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we look at manufacturing. What we thought of as industry issues are now national issues. The modernization of U.S. manufacturing should be a leading priority when it comes to upgrading America’s critical infrastructure, because America’s manufacturing strengths support the capabilities that are key to national resilience such as mobility, power and healthcare. Manufacturers make the products, equipment and tools—from rail rolling stock, to power generators, to virus testing kits and vaccines—that these sectors rely on. Thus, the digital transformation of U.S. manufacturing is critical for America as we prepare to face the next great challenge.
Click here to find out how Siemens is helping manufacturing adapt to a COVID-19 world.