data-centric visualisation for City of Cape Town ahead of WEF
Cape Town, 02 September
2019: As global leaders descend
on Cape Town this week to explore economic opportunities at the World
Economic Forum (WEF) conference, Siemens has unveiled a data visualisation of
the city that illustrates how data is critical to transforming Africa’s urban
centres into smart cities of the future.
The brightly weaved fabric
– inspired by Bo Kaap (one of Cape Town’s most distinct and colourful
neighbourhoods) – outlines various infrastructure points of the city and its underlying data. Some of the points include
buildings, marine traffic, railway congestion, zoning, waste-water plants,
postal routes, trees, borders, pipelines and the ocean.
data patterns speak about unlocking the potential of African cities
through digital ingenuity. Data on each infrastructure point gives greater
insight on the challenges being faced in the city, and helps leaders make
smart urban planning decisions in future,” said Siemens Head of Corporate
Communications for Southern and Eastern Africa, Keshin Govender.
has a long history with the City of Cape Town and has assisted in developing
and maintaining many landmark projects. Throughout the years, we understood
the challenges it faced and in future we are open to continuing these kinds
of partnerships to help create a more connected, efficient and powered city."
historic relationship with the city goes back many decades to 1860, when it
developed the first telegraph line between Cape Town and Simonstown. But it
didn’t end there. In 1892, Siemens constructed the first public power station
(Molteno Dam) and in 1927, it electrified the Table Mountain cableway. In
1988, the multinational was the electrical and mechanical subcontractor for
the construction of the Hugenot Tunnel and in 2007, Siemens commissioned
the first new power stations in democratic South Africa (Ankerlig and
In 2010, the
first hybrid laboratory was constructed by Siemens at the Cape Gate
Mediclinic and five years later it completed the Sere Wind farm. Earlier this
month, Cape Town was named Africa’s leading digital city, with its economic
centre contributing nearly three-quarters of GDP in the Western Cape, and
nearly R5 billion in foreign direct investment. More than half of emerging
tech companies in South Africa are based in the Western Cape, with most of
them stationed in Cape Town.
has also adopted a Resilience Strategy which speaks to a compassionate, connected, and
capable city, where Capetonians collaborate across households, communities
and institutions, to build collective responses to the current and future
social, environmental and economic challenges.
that Cape Town is embracing the Fourth industrial revolution. With our
expertise in automation, electrification and digitalization, Cape Town will
remain a powerhouse in Africa and lead the continent’s digitalization
revolution,” said Govender.
“Cape Town has come a
long way since 1860, and going forward with smart infrastructure connecting
energy systems, buildings and industries, there will be evolution in the way
the city serves it citizens in their daily lives.”