See why Cities are Proud to be Digital

As they prepare for the future, cities are becoming the new engines of innovation. That’s why Siemens is helping cities use cutting-edge technology to improve quality of life and enhance prosperity. 

Life in a Smart City: A Resident’s Point of View

Aspern Smart City in Vienna is a living laboratory for research into the future of urban energy. The residents of this smart city play an important role in the project – because in addition to being efficient, the city of the future has to be worth living in. We visited one of the residents. Here's his story.

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Address four key areas critical to the success of urban centers, review examples of implementations, and meet our team of experts.  

Unlocking the Potential of Cities

The innovations made possible through digital technology enable cities to magnify their true essence and boost their competitive strengths in ways they’ve never done before.

Developing and maintaining livable, high-quality, financially sound cities, however, is a major test of our city leadership, taking great planning and effort. As cities are often limited in resources, they must engage the private sector to meet the  infrastructure and planning needs to ensure equity, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. 

Planning for and Powering the Future of eMobility

Digital transformation has already disrupted urban mobility with on-demand car services and transport apps availing some of the fastest and cheapest ways to move around a city.


Cities can expect to see even more new mobility services and business. These changes are coming at a time when many cities are facing gridlock and worsening air quality, and yet technology can create opportunities to meet the need for cleaner air for more people. Chief among these technologies are:

  • Autonomy: 
    Vehicles that leverage sensing technology to interact automatically with their surrounding environments, thereby reducing the need for drivers and increasing the safety of travel
  • Connectivity: 
    Digitally connected infrastructure that provides information, and sometimes commands, to anything or anyone on streets
  • Electrification: 
    Battery-powered vehicles, which have near-zero tailpipe emissions
  • Shared Mobility: 
    Vehicles in which ownership and/or use is shared among individuals

Individually, each of these technologies offer benefits of improved safety, travel time, and experience alongside reduced environmental impact. Combined, they promise to overhaul significantly our urban mobility networks as we know them— dropping traffic incidents to very low rates, improving local air quality by upwards of 50 percent, making travel more efficient by up to 70 percent, and unlocking millions of miles of streets and parking lots for new development.


As a global player, Siemens is ready to overcome the challenges of a mobile future. Backed by our extensive experience in the energy sector, we can support you and accompany you on the journey to the future of your city. Our portfolio is proof that we are making a vital, functional contribution to the migration to e-cars, enabling a secure and reliable charging infrastructure.


Our goal is to push eMobility further with holistic concepts and solutions--and make a continual impact. Siemens wants to ensure that eMobility becomes part of a smart and sustainable urban lifestyle, driving individual and community success. We estimate, however, that most cities will need significantly more electricity to transition to electric vehicles. This means a major rethinking of how we power our cities. But if we are successful, then our cities will be both mobile and healthier as a result. 

Contact us to learn how to unlock the benefits of technology and data for cleaner, safer, and more connected communities.

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Making eMobility Work

Fast Company eMobility Webinar


Powering the Future of eMobility

How shared eMobility will change our streets and cities

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Urban Development

Learn how to maximize the benefits of connected autonomous vehicles

Ensuring the Health of Citizens

City Air Management Capabilities

Why do we catch more colds during the winter?

Artificial intelligence is improving air quality in Nuremberg


Infographic: Real-Time Data

From Fairbanks to Indianapolis – Air quality is an urgent and addressable issue

City Air Management tool brochure

A tool to help cities estimate the impacts of eMobility on environmental targets, land use and power requirements

Creating and Maintaining Resilient Cities With Energy Technologies

Citizens and businesses depend on the effective and reliable operation of infrastructure systems to deliver energy, mobility, water, sanitation, shelter, information, emergency response, and other critical services. Cities therefore need a new way of thinking about how they plan, design, build, and manage this essential infrastructure under increasingly challenging conditions. Resilience is the answer.

Resilience is the ability of a system to survive and thrive in the face of a complex, uncertain, and ever-changing future. It is a way of thinking about both short-term cycles and long-term trends; minimizing disruptions in the face of shocks and stresses; recovering rapidly when they do occur; and adapting steadily to become better able to thrive as conditions continue to change. 


A resilient energy approach enables a proactive and holistic response to risk management and a way for cities to maintain global competitiveness. It is also a powerful companion to sustainable development thinking. Resilience is about inter-linkages of systems and the specific methods of boosting technical performance. The following framework can help promote resilience in design and decision making.

Siemens’ technologies can help cities create such a framework for resilience through innovative solutions and our expertise in the areas of electrification, automation, and digital technology.


Siemens has deep experience in deploying new energy solutions while maximizing existing infrastructure to promote resilience. 


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People, Process, and Technology Converging to Create an Adaptable Environment


Control over quality and dependability of incoming power is key to providing high quality care. System resilience can literally anchor a life or death situation.

Within healthcare, 3 factors relate directly to a reliable energy supply: regulatory compliance, patient experience, and energy management efficiency.


Microgrids can supply such mission-critical structures with a reliable source of power when the external power grid is compromised. Siemens energy management teams can help determine which components, such as CHP, renewables and microgrid management systems that can best meet the needs of a hospital separated from the grid.

Water and Wastewater Facilities

Water and wastewater treatment are generally high power use facilities. Siemens helps cities manage increased costs of water treatment through implementation of renewable and clean sources that improve community sustainability.

Take for instance the city of Atwater, CA that used a PPA (power purchase agreement) to create a cost-effective solution that offered a reduction in electricity prices, offloaded some of the treatment plant’s demand from the grid and took advantage of a clean, sustainable energy resource. By utilizing a vacant space at the wastewater site to locate a 1.1 MW photovoltaic farm, the city will save $1 million in operating expenses.

Correctional Facilities

In any given state, correctional facilities rank high on an energy user list. 24/7 operation of lighting, heating and other support functions adds up to a big reliance on energy but also offers great opportunity to implement new and innovative ways to create reliability and sustainability.

Guided by energy management experts, small upgrades in lighting and motor technologies can yield marked results. As a contained community, correctional facilities are ideal candidates for microgrids and islanding. Such investments would also increase public safety by greatly improving facility reliability, resilience and security.

Mobility and Transportation

Public transportation is a key element of city growth in the 21st century. Electric buses and light rail are in place in many municipalities. These systems create a unique opportunity to use a microgrid-based power supply to assure operational reliability and transit system resilience.

Millennials are abandoning their parent’s “dream of suburbia“ to live in an urban center. To encourage this influx of new residents, cities must invest in modern public. Zero and low carbon footprint is important to this target group.


As the showcase for arriving visitors, a 24/7 fully functioning facility leaves a good impression and instills safety, reliability, and security in the minds of travelers.

The navigation control aspect of an airport is heavily dependent on electric power and critical to aircraft movement both in the air and on the ground. Aircraft on the ground often use fossil fueled APUs, increasing the airports carbon footprint. What a typical airport has is space to set up a sturdy, island-able microgrid integrating photovoltaics, CHP, and storage technologies. These provide the reliability and resilience that keeps aircraft travel one of the safest forms of transportation today.

Public Utilities

Communities and utilities are working together to build resilient, flexible power systems, by integrating them into the traditional grid, operating independently, or both. Whichever option, microgrids are revolutionizing the way cities can manage energy resources.

An advanced control system is required to manage the daily operation of the typical microgrid. A system such as the Siemens Microgrid Management System (MGMS) provides municipal operators like Blue Lake Rancheria in California the capability to set up a microgrid with a low CO2 footprint, or helps the citizens of Lake Worth Florida become the owners of their own utility.


Sports and Convention Venues

Often the showcase of a city for visitors attending conferences, games and other large events, are the venues which become a prime candidate for resilient, reliable and efficient power, providing an uninterrupted experience for guests.

Not only is weaving a low carbon energy footprint into its large venue a plus, it  also supports new sports venue design trends that are adding features like the inclusion of power outlets into each seat so millennials can stay connected during the game. By integrating proven Siemens distributed energy generation solutions and management, these large municipal complexes that spike energy use with each event can provide an uninterrupted experience for their guests and thus securing a reliable future income stream.

Ports and Harbors

An important component of commerce in many cities is an active and efficient harbor. Speed, reliability, and resilience are key in any profitable harbor due to the need to move as many goods both in and out of the port. Energy use is apparent looking at the huge cranes and other electrically power transport equipment. What isn’t as obvious is the energy large ships need to maintain and power shipboard.

Environmentally unfriendly diesel powered on-board APUs offer a great opportunity to reduce carbon footprint at the port by offering environmentally friendly power dockside. As a fairly well demarcated entity, a port is an ideal candidate for a microgrid implementation complete with islanding capability with a single point of connection to the main grid creating port power reliability and resilience that keeps the fast pace of shipping and commerce moving.

Local Government Buildings

Local city governments have a full range of resilient, reliable and renewable energy sources available to them. Whether the goal is carbon reduction or having an uninterrupted energy source to keep government functions up and running, assembling a microgrid may be both environmentally friendly and a source of cost reduction.

Municipalities wishing to set up and manage a microgrid can use Siemens Microgrid Software as a Service (MSaaS) that is specially designed for municipalities to dynamically manage and control distributed energy resources with integrated weather and load forecasting.

Building in Resilience

Building and Maintaining Smarter Cities

Siemens has a highly tailored approach to smart cities that derives from our core expertise in technology and infrastructure hardware. Our work has grown to include cities because over time cities have been the beneficiaries, users, and sometimes owners of many Siemens technologies. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart City-type technologies are creating opportunities for cities to meet some incredible challenges cost-effectively, from improving social equity and air quality to reducing congestion.

Siemens understands the base technologies because we made these “hard” technologies, delivered them to our clients, and even used them ourselves in our own manufacturing facilities and buildings. Over time, and as technology improved, software became an ever-larger component of our hardware packages because it allowed the users to better manage and optimize the systems or processes. This software has been critical to our own manufacturing plants and the assembly processes that involved connecting hundreds of different components to improve the manufactured products.


Now, the growing Siemens software business is more and more combined with our hardware technologies and is one of our key offerings across our core business areas, including energy, transport, buildings, and healthcare. 

Siemens is working with cities and partner organizations to develop the use cases that resonate with city leaders and citizens alike.

This is the co-development process, and one that very much has the citizen at the forefront.  A key hurdle for delivering infrastructure, both the hard technology as well as the digital, is achieving the correct degree of scale because meeting the needs of our cities will require scale. We’ve figured out the key elements to starting the scaling-up process and making the move from pilot to city service.

7 Essentials for Moving Data-Driven Decision-Making to Scale

Learn how to capitalize on data and the power of IoT to improve operational efficiency and livability in your city—contact Siemens today. 

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Build Better, Maintain Smarter

 "What is a future ready city?"
A video interview with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer


 "How Technology Drives the Future-Ready City."
A video discussion led by Michael Berkowitz, 100 Resilient Cities 


Turning IoT Into Reality: A Practical Approach to Your Journey


Four essential questions about Smart Infrastructure


Better Decisions Shape Better Cities

Results from three cities striving for broad adaption of data-driven infrastructure investment

Technology Pathways for Creating Smarter, More Prosperous and Greener Cities

A blueprint for creating jobs, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality


Cities Driving Innovation and Digital Transformation

Infrastructure development in urban spaces embraces many different aspects, including passenger transportation, smart grids for energy distribution, security systems and cloud-based apps. Learn more about or portfolio through cities that are driving innovation.

Technology is powering the rise of smart cities, transforming everything from traffic management to waste collection. The digital revolution is giving rise to cities that are more connected, sustainable, resilient and efficient. Read about cities making the successful transition and explore what the future of urbanization might look like.

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