Cities in India can compete globally on parameters such as optimal use of resources, how we get around, ways to improve our productivity and wellbeing, according to the Atlas of Digitalisation, a data-driven index created by Siemens. The report compares the transformation of cities around the world. Each city's unique challenges – including traffic congestion, water availability, and air quality – have been given scores based on digitalisation readiness and digitalisation potential.
Sunil Mathur, Managing Director & CEO, Siemens Ltd, said, “Many cities in India have a huge potential to improve the quality of life and ease of doing business. While each city has its unique challenges, the Atlas of Digitalisation and its study of Bengaluru gives a good reference for other cities to further improve on their sustainability, mobility and opportunity parameters.”
Robert HK Demann, Head of Smart Infrastructure, Siemens Ltd, opined, “Siemens has digital technology innovations and extensive global expertise to transform cities. While Bengaluru is part of the Atlas of Digitalisation, we are engaging with stakeholders in multiple cities across India to implement integrated smart infrastructure solutions.”
Bengaluru features in the Atlas of Digitalisation along with global cities like Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Singapore, Dubai, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Taipei. It is one of the world’s fastest-growing cities, with a 47 per cent surge in population density over the last ten years. Home to a third of India’s science and technology talent, it has the highest employability rate in the country, with a large proportion of tech-savvy early adopters. This gives Bengaluru a strong appetite to build a city that symbolises the world-leading services it delivers across the globe.
Siemens has already implemented digital solutions for city infrastructure. The company is partnering with the airport’s operators to deliver an extensive range of proposed projects. A cloud-based IoT operating system is set to optimise operational efficiency and passenger experience across diverse aspects such as building management and intelligent baggage handling. Services such as Siemens City Air Management monitor air quality and provide five-day forecasts that can help cities to protect residents.