While the IoT unquestionably affects our businesses today and will accelerate the digital transformation of organizations, its wider impact on our society as a whole is still opaque. Our new report provides a systematic look at the tasks and phases required for a successful implementation of IoT in corporate and public sector context.
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.
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:
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.
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 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 interlinkages 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 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.
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.
Siemens established the Center for Urban Development, comprised of a dedicated team, to address specifically the needs of city leaders and their staff, and administrative agencies.
The Center also seeks to serve as a transparent and useful entry point for city decision makers to enter a structured dialogue in which they can make base-line assessments of needs.
Our cities team members understand city goals and processes and put this understanding front and center in their work. This team can work across the Siemens business divisions, and pull expertise from all over the company, even from Siemens units in other countries.
To reach any member of this team please click here or feel free to reach out to any of the team members directly.
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