Siemens has launched a new web-based application that reveals the readiness and potential of six major cities to embrace digitalisation and develop new ways of living, working and interacting. The Atlas of Digitalisation focuses on three interconnected themes – mobility, sustainability and opportunity – and assesses how the Fourth Industrial Revolution has already augmented urban life around the world, and the potential impact it could have in the future.
Data from 21 indicators has been analysed in Dubai, Los Angeles, London, Buenos Aires, Taipei and Johannesburg to produce a Digital Readiness Score, considering areas such as smart electricity and transport systems, Internet connections and digital governance services. The score reveals the current level of maturity of each city’s digital infrastructure, and its preparedness for a connected future.
“Each city must address its own unique mix of challenges and opportunities by combining the physical and digital worlds; we believe embracing digitalisation is the key to sustainable, liveable future cities,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa. “The Atlas of Digitalisation gives us an all-important understanding of the current status of digitalisation in key cities, and we hope it will inspire new ways of thinking to realise the full global potential of City 4.0. With intelligently-applied technology and data analytics, we aim to shape the smart cities of tomorrow.”
The analysis also considers areas such as innovation, greenhouse gas emissions and time spent in traffic to give the cities a Digital Potential Score, indicating where there is opportunity to grow digital capabilities to transform society and economy. Together, the scores illustrate the different capacities each city already has, and where they can develop to effect change and growth.
While each is unique, they all share one characteristic – their ingenuity in using digital technologies to make infrastructure more efficient and productive, and to address challenges such as air pollution, congestion, population growth and natural hazards.
With the integration of data gathered and analysed by the IoT, a city’s underlying infrastructure can be monitored, managed and improved – a transformation referred to as City 4.0.
Johannesburg’s low digitalisation readiness score of 2/10 indicates that there is room for improvement, even though programs like smart metering are already in place. The digitalisation potential score of 6/10 reveals that digitalisation within mobility and sustainability could have a significant impact. The city is investing heavily to increase overall public transport capacity and has begun the process of including renewables in the energy mix, this could impact the environment and jobs positively.
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