Data from 21 indicators has been analyzed in Dubai, Los Angeles, London, BuenosAires, Taipei and Johannesburg to produce a Digital Readiness Score, consideringareas such as smart electricity and transport systems, internet connections and digitalgovernance services. The score reveals the current level of maturity of each city’s digitalinfrastructure, and its preparedness for a connected future.
“Each city must address its own unique mix of challenges and opportunities bycombining the physical and digital worlds; we believe embracing digitalization is the keyto sustainable, livable future cities,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southernand Eastern Africa. “The Atlas of Digitalization gives us an all-important understandingof the current status of digitalization in key cities, and we hope it will inspire new ways ofthinking to realize the full global potential of City 4.0. With intelligently appliedtechnology and data analytics, we aim to shape the smart cities of tomorrow.”
The analysis also considers areas such as innovation, greenhouse gas emissions andtime spent in traffic to give the cities a Digital Potential Score, indicating where there isopportunity to grow digital capabilities to transform society and economy. Together, the Readiness and Potential scores illustrate the different capacities each city already has,and where they can develop to effect change and growth.
While each city is unique, they all share one characteristic - their ingenuity in usingdigital technologies to make infrastructure more efficient and productive, and to addresschallenges such as air pollution, congestion, population growth and natural hazards.With the integration of data gathered and analyzed by the Internet of Things, a city’sunderlying infrastructure can be monitored, managed and improved; a transformationreferred to as City 4.0.
Johannesburg’s low digitalization readiness score of 2/10 indicates that there is room forimprovement, even though programs like smart metering are already in place. Thedigitalization potential score of 6/10 reveals that digitalization within Mobility andSustainability could have a significant impact on Johannesburg. The city is investingheavily to increase overall public transport capacity and has begun the process ofincluding renewables in the energy mix, this could impact the environment and jobs positively.
“Although our progress is lagging compared to our European counterparts for example,we’re still making great strides towards becoming a digitally inclined city. Our SiemensFABRIC initiative is the perfect example of how data can be used to identify the needsof a city and ensure smart decision-making to advance it and make it more efficient for agrowing population. For us to succeed as a city in this age of digitalization we need toembrace the possibilities and changes that it brings. Siemens is ready to contribute tothe advancements of this city.” Sabine Dall’Omo
Data from the 21 indicators has been mapped across three themes: Sustainability,Mobility and Opportunity, creating unique visualization of each city’s digitalizationlandscape. Visitors to the Atlas of Digitalization can interact with each city and exploreits data, taking an in-depth look into how each is addressing its own challenges andopportunities, and how it will impact work and life in future cities.
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