Siemens is a leading global company focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization and is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies. Siemens had around 348,000 employees in more than 200 countries, generating revenues of €75.6 billion.
In cities across the world, comprehensive infrastructure solutions from Siemens already help city planning, contributing to cities that are more sustainable, resilient and accessible. Integrated systems and automated technologies such as smart grids, intelligent buildings and mobility solutions to keep people on the move help to create smart and sustainable infrastructure systems. Siemens is helping to create metropolitan areas worth living in – places where people can enjoy a high quality of life.
The collaboration between WCCD and Siemens represents a strategic global partnership to promote standardized city data as a critical enabler of sustainable, resilient and smart solutions for the challenges facing cities.
Power of City Data Conference (July 2016)
In July 2016, the WCCD and Siemens co-hosted the Power of City Data Conference at the Crystal in London. The event convened cities and thought leaders to discuss the central role that data plays in creating the prosperous, sustainable, and resilient cities of the future. The panelists and speakers explored how a focus on data and evidence-based decision-making can better inform choices on smart technologies for urban energy, buildings and transport systems. The event also showcased how leading cities are using comparable, ISO 37120 certified, city data to drive city-to-city learning and best practice sharing on a global scale.
Forthcoming Publication: City Infrastructure - Data-Driven Investment & Decision-Making
High-quality infrastructure is critical to economic development, trade connectivity, social welfare, public health, and quality of life, especially in cities with their concentrations of people and economic activity. Infrastructure plays a fundamental role in determining how human activity impacts the environment and underpins the resilience of communities to disasters and extreme events. Cities around the world face major investment requirements in infrastructure even just to maintain current economic growth rates and provide basic services. The consultancy McKinsey estimated $49.1 trillion in infrastructure investment will be required globally between 2016 and 2030, with the bulk of this investment required in cities. Mobilizing this investment and ensuring its effectiveness presents complex planning and decision-making challenges for city leaders and other key stakeholders, such as national and provincial governments.
Furthermore, the rapid growth of digital technology in cities is driving the wide spread deployment of smart infrastructure, enabling the performance of city systems to be optimized to improve performance and reduce costs, while responding in real time to changing conditions. The smart system is revolutionizing the way cities plan for and deploy infrastructure, while also generating high value data to help guide and enhance city management.
The WCCD, in collaboration with Siemens, is developing a new major publication - City Infrastructure: Data Driven Investment & Decision-Making - to provide clear guidance and insights on the opportunity to use high-calibre, comparable city data to inform infrastructure investment and management. This publication for city leaders and other key infrastructure decision-makers will showcase how leading cities around the world are using data to inform and enhance infrastructure planning, investment, delivery, operation and management. It will look at different forms of data, but will have a focus on the importance and value of WCCD ISO 37120 Certified data.
The report is targeted for launch the World Cities Summit in Singapore in July 2018, in which WCCD’s President and CEO Patricia McCarney will be a keynote speaker.