A smart city is generally characterized as an innovative urban settlement equipped with intelligent Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure built in the environment, transport, utilities and energy networks, buildings, social infrastructure, government, and services. A smart city shares the digital infrastructure (thereby reducing cost) and the data (thereby increasing benefits), leveraging the interconnectedness of systems and information to become more livable and more sustainable and better address the needs of its citizens.
More than 50% of the world’s people today live in urban areas – cities – and according to the United Nations, that percentage is expected to increase even higher with over 6 billion people living in urban areas by 2050. Rapid urbanization is posing significant short-term and long-term challenges to governments and municipalities, including retrofitting aging infrastructure, relieving traffic congestion, meeting energy demand, rising energy costs and more.
Invensys is an Associate Partner of the Smart Cities Council. Our products, including Wonderware software solutions, are used by more than 40,000 clients, at over 225,000 locations in more than 180 countries. Wonderware software helps clients utilize critical data to make better, faster decisions and improve efficiency – and these are precisely the kinds of benefits smart cities are looking for.