How urbanization shapes the planet
Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants. By 2050, more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.
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Making cities fit for the future
Smart solutions on a balanced budget
Key trend: urbanization
The challenges of constant growth
Infrastructure has a profound effect on quality of life, but one that we only really appreciate when things do not work as well as they should. Anybody who has experienced power blackouts or stuck in traffic jams knows that things could, and should, be better.
Urbanization complicates matters further. Each week, cities are growing by 1.5 million inhabitants, and by 2050 more than two thirds of the global population will be city dwellers, up from just one third in 1950. As cities grow, the way we build and manage urban infrastructure has never been more critical to global economic and social development.
With more than half of the global population living in cities, there is no doubt that we live in an urbanized world and the global challenges of the 21st century are in urban areas.
Where technology makes a difference
What are the key areas in which our urban infrastructure can benefit most from advanced digital technologies?
Digitalization drives infrastructure of tomorrow
Challenges for Intelligent Infrastructure
Number of people living in cities in 20301
Global energy demand 2030: 194,000 TWh, + 25% compared to 20122
Number of vehicles in 2050: 2.5 bn + 100% compared to 20153
USD 239 billion
Expected costs resulting from traffic jams in Europe and USA in 20304
Advanced building automation and control systems can save up to 40% of energy5
Of global NOx emissions are stem from shipping6
~ 5% p.a.
Rate of Data Center energy consumption increase to 2026 7
2. WEO Report 2014
4. INRIX [www.inrix.com/xdtraffic.asp] Pressemeldung: www.presseportal.de/pm/70926/2855715
6. Smith, T.W.P. et al. (2014b) Third IMO GHG Study 2014. London: International Maritime Organisation
7. DCD Global Market Overview and Forecast, 2015
Digitalization is changing our world
Today the number of connected devices has surpassed the number of humans on the planet. These intelligent devices generate massive amounts of data transforming life and business across all sectors. However, much infrastructure has yet to be transformed by the information age. Instead, in most places, trains, power systems, buildings, buses, and roads have hardly changed in nature. Some digital systems have been incorporated but we have only just begun to unlock the potential of fully digitized, electrified, information-enabled, intelligent infrastructure. Doing so will be key to meeting the world’s present and future sustainable development challenges.
Powering the future of urban mobility
This interactive feature is based on a quantitative model which estimates the infrastructure requirements and potential impacts of electrification of passenger transport in cities over the next 30 years.
City Air Management
In many parts of the world, air pollution has reached dangerous levels. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 90 percent of the world’s urban population breathe air with pollutant levels that far exceed the recommended thresholds. City leaders are under pressure to meet these challenges and define strategies for sustainable, clean and smart growth.
The deployment of sensors and digital analytics provide unique opportunities to harness data to make better decisions and take action. New digital technologies will contribute to tangible improvements in local quality of life by enabling citizens to improve their health and make more informed decisions about how they travel, and by giving city leaders a better understanding of the causes and severity of local air pollution. City Air Management technology identifies actions to avert poor air quality in the short-term, simulates the impact of these measures and creates enough certainty around these impacts to foster proactive decision-making.
Complementary, the City Performance Tool assesses the impact of medium- and long-term measures on a city’s overall emissions.
Smart City Reports
How digitalized infrastructure pays off
What is the return on investment for digitalized infrastructure? Siemens worked with five cities to understand their own vision and ambitions for their city, and considering their top three infrastructure priorities, uncovered the overall long term value to each city from digitally enabled intelligent infrastructure investments. The study sets out the benefits of six infrastructure sectors: Energy, Transport, Buildings, Harbours, Security and Connectivity. Using over 350 data inputs, it calculates their multiple benefits to the city and their return on investment.
Modeling transport, buildings and energy solutions, the London study considers the upcoming development at London’s Arc of Opportunity in the east of the city – a new model for city growth.
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Brussels chose energy, buildings and security as the priority investments for the city in the coming years with enhanced security systems delivering some of the best benefits across the entire research.
A city seeking to diversify its economy around the future of energy demonstrates how harbours play such an important role in that economic diversity and how this economic generator can play its part in the energy economy and transport systems development.
A bustling hub in the vast and growing Istanbul, Kartal is undergoing huge redevelopment and new construction. This study looked at the benefits to the city from digitally enabled buildings, transport solutions and energy management.
A small city in Romania demonstrates how connectivity can support transport and energy investments as well as support a thriving and growing tourist industry. Physical and digital connections to the wider region shows the importance of region wide collaboration.
Intelligent Infrastructure in action
Intelligent traffic prioritization system
Buses on time, smoothly flowing traffic
Lower CO2 emissions
A stable power grid
The Siemens Pooling Solution is an efficient, highly-automated tool
Software captures and aggregates partnered resources
These are packaged and placed in an online trading platform
Siemens automation and control systems achieve high efficiency
Upgrades extend the life of vital components
LEED Platinum certificate for green building design
Intelligent networking of power distribution, building automation and fire safety technology
Entire power connection system designed virtually
More than 40,000 sensors and data points gather information
Zhuhai traffic management
Cutting edge traffic solution with great adaptability
Siemens green index traffic system
Public transportation smarter and easier to use
100% trouble free broadcast signal
Modular Desigo building platform
Navigator powered by Sinalytics
ÖBB railjet: On time for your favorite meeting of the day
Continuously transmitted data, incl. door power and motor temperatures
Action patterns and recommendations for ÖBB Technical Services
Higher throughput with existing assets - without compromising safety