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. 

Pathways to smarter, more prosperous and greener cities

Follow all the latest developments and trends--and learn how innovative Siemens solutions are helping cities all over the world to meet the challenges of urbanization, climate change, and globalization.

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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

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
 

Siemens eMobility Calculator (brochure)

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

Ensuring the Health of Citizens

Continuous urbanization in many places around the world has resulted in population growth, sprawling land use, and changes in mobility behavior.

Despite public transit investments, congestion is worsening globally. The sheer volume of inter- and intra-urban transportation has outpaced improvements in and customer uptake of clean transport technology.
 

As a result, air quality has deteriorated in many cities, large and small, and city leaders have largely accepted that, at its core, poor air quality is a major matter of public health and wellbeing. However, it is also an issue of environmental justice: As the data show, air quality in cities tends to be worst in the poorest communities, and disproportionately affects vulnerable communities, such as the very young and the elderly.

City leaders are under pressure to meet air-quality challenges and define strategies for sustainable, clean, and smart growth. Fortunately, the deployment of sensors and digital analytics provide unique opportunities for city leaders to harness data to make better decisions and act in the short term.

Siemens City Air Management tools and consulting help cities identify methods to avert poor air quality in the short term and to build a strategy for longer-term technology change. City Air Management monitors and forecasts air quality and simulates actions that a city can take in the short term to avert breaches of air quality standards and limit respiratory stress on the most vulnerable citizens. 

Contact us for an in-person or online demonstration to learn how your city can win the day-to-day battle against air pollution.

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City Air Management Capabilities

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Industry experts speak to the critical need to address air quality now
 

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

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

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Building in Resilience

Tookit for Resilient Cities

Co-authored by ARUP, this report explores the role of technology in enhancing resilience of cities.

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

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.

Siemens established the Center of Competence Cities, 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.