This year at Smart City Expo World Congress, the industry-leading event for urbanization, Microsoft will bring city leaders and solution experts from around the world to demonstrate innovative technologies currently empowering the digital transformation of smart cities. This blog post is the third in a series about how a connected city—powered by our intelligent cloud and intelligent edge platform—will help you step into a new era of public service.
By 2025, the UN projects that 68% of the world population will live in cities or urban areas. To keep pace with urbanization, innovative cities use technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop smart infrastructure and services. This has led to a simultaneous explosion in the amount of data cities must manage.
While IoT-enabled services are a great first-step, imagine a world where cities embrace AI and machine learning to analyze all of the data large cities generate. In this ideal city, vehicles, parking spaces, buildings, energy and water systems all talk with and learn from each other. Citizens never experience major service interruptions, as city maintenance is scheduled during hours that will minimally impact residents. Maintenance and utility costs will also be significantly reduced by learning from the data collected creating new efficiencies.
Today, as cities and communities embrace digital transformation, these ideas become real, actionable solutions.
Microsoft’s Vision – Make Infrastructure Smarter
Cities looking to increase their sustainability, adapt their current infrastructure, and empower their citizens should explore the amazing applications of Microsoft CityNext. With the application of cutting-edge technologies like Azure Digital Twins, which uses AI, Machine Learning, and IoT-enabled devices and services to develop a comprehensive digital model of a physical environment, cities can build efficient, intelligent infrastructures that leverage a highly secure and compliant cloud platform. Leveraging Azure Digital Twins enables cities to model, simulate, and analyze a wide variety of infrastructure data, including things like wastewater treatment, traffic flow, and social services. Empowered City leaders make data-driven decisions, and leverage analysis of massive amounts of data to create new policies using evidence-based impacts to proactively maintain systems, lower operational costs, and keep citizens happy. In addition, already, cities around the world make smart infrastructure choices today, using solutions like Microsoft’s Intelligent Public Works.
Empowered City leaders make data-driven decisions, and leverage analysis of massive amounts of data to create new policies using evidence-based impacts to proactively maintain systems, lower operational costs, and keep citizens happy. Already, cities around the world make smart infrastructure choices today, using solutions like Microsoft’s Intelligent Public Works.
Intelligent Public Works combines intelligent cloud and IoT technology with connected field service for a comprehensive solution that drives efficiency and cost savings, empowering cities to deliver a new standard of proactive service. Miami-Dade County water and sanitation department’s (WASD) IT team rebuilt their infrastructure on a cloud-based, IoT-enabled platform that provides a complete analysis of pump station data. They now analyze the data from their pumps in a matter of minutes rather than days, providing a quicker response to customer’s needs, reduced costs, and more time spent engaging citizens.
Microsoft partners – Learn about the CityNext ecosystem
Microsoft and Microsoft CityNext partners enable cities to enter into a new era of delivering public services.
Diehl Metering is working with cities all across the globe to install smart meters in citizens homes to allow “walk-by” or “drive-by” metering. Instead of previously having to schedule a time to collect the metering data in person, service trucks now simply drive by homes and smart meters transmit utility data to the service vehicle. This allows for a hassle-free engagement between citizens and city employees, while saving time and resources for the company.
ABB is transforming public utility management with solutions that mobilize maintenance, inspection, and outage work. The ABB Ability Eclipse Workforce Management platform delivers greater worker efficiency, vast scalability, continuous innovation, and lower maintenance costs. And the ABB Ability™ Collaborative Operations solution empowers cities to optimize their utility consumption, including water, heat, solar, while minimizing its environmental impact.
Envision is redefining the future with renewable and intelligent IoT energy solutions. Based on EnOS™, combined intelligent sensors, cloud computing, and big data technology; Envision super brain solution establishes the intelligent link between people and devices. Improve equipment operating efficiency, decrease power costs, optimize user experience, and bring new revenue growth for building owners.
Join us at Smart City Expo World Congress
Microsoft and its partners are leading the way to a new era of government infrastructure. Learn more about smart buildings and cities of the future.