Where Afro meets Digital

This is FABRIC

A showcase of how the underlying data of an African city can help transform them into the smart cities of the future. Demonstrated by using data to design unique fabrics for each city, then designing garments from those fabrics.

Siemens Presents FABRIC

Cities Need to Get Smarter

By 2050, 1.4 billion people will be living in an African city. In Nigeria alone, 212 million people will have moved to a city. African cities need to swiftly evolve to become smarter, by embracing the power of intelligent technology to create solutions for rapid population and economic growth.


Data will enable smart decision-making, help us connect the dots and ensure that past failures do not repeat itself.

CEO of Siemens Southern and Eastern Africa, Sabine Dall'Omo.

Smart Data for Smart Cities

To ride the wave of urbanization while remaining liveable, healthy and functional, cities won’t just need to become more efficient; they’ll need to become smart.



Siemens is at the forefront of Smart city integration with technologies such as our intelligent traffic management system that uses deep learning, state of the art particulate sensors and a complete IoT operating system.








of water per day.

0 %

of new commercial properties are being built in Sandton.

0 KM

of new power lines to be built in the next 7 years.



vehicle commuters every day.

0 MW

of power is supplied to Lagos.

20,000,00 GAL

of water is supplied per day.



pass through an average  Nairobi Bus Station every 12 hours.


of cargo goes through Jomo Kenyatta Airport a month, on average.

32000 PEOPLE

per Square KM population density in Nairobi's Industrial Area.

Data to FABRIC

The underlying data patterns of three African cities were collected and overlaid over the actual topography of the city. Once the fabric designs were selected, the next stage of the process began. The fabrics were then composited and printed, further surface details were added along with laser cutting for specific designs.

Making the Patterns

The data layers that make up the patterns include information on traffic flows, water delivery, electrical grids, maps, cellular networks and population density. Siemens expertise was able to extract patterns from those data layers to produce stunning patterns that were as beautiful as they were informative. 


These patterns illustrate how important electrical grids are to the function of a city. Siemens’ expertise allows us to provide cities, industries and commercial buildings with distributed energy systems that are resilient, efficient and, above all, intelligent

Find out how we enable local energy supply
Find out how we enable local energy supply

City Data Layers

Every African city has a unique story, created by the lives of its citizens, told by their movements and expressed through patterns.  

It’s like I am only truly experiencing Johannesburg right now. I see Jo'burg as more dynamic, with hidden opportunities underneath highways, pipes and houses.

Palesa Mokubung, South African designer.

Download the FABRIC wallpaper

City Data wallpaper available for download  

News and Media

The latest news on Siemens, Fabric and Africa.

Browse the garments that premiered at the FABRIC fashion event

Siemens Thought Leaders

Siemens experts weigh in on urbanization and African cities.