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In view of increasing urbanization, often difficult finances and the challenges of climate change, cities play a critical role in the overall development. What does intelligent infrastructure mean in connection with buildings, mobility solutions and energy management?

There is a close connection between infrastructure and quality of life, which we only really become aware of when something does not work as it should. Anyone who has experienced a power outage knows this. Increasing urbanization doesn't make it any easier. Week after week the number of city dwellers is growing by 1.5 million people. While just under a third of the world's population lived in large cities in 1950, it will be more than two thirds by 2050. Against this background, the approach to building and managing infrastructures in metropolitan areas is more important than ever for global economic and social development.

A large part of urban infrastructures has not yet arrived in the information age. In many places, energy systems, buildings, buses and roads are still largely the same as they were before. Although there are various digital systems, the development of the potential of a completely digitized, electrified and information technology-based intelligent infrastructure is only just beginning. However, this will be of fundamental importance in order to master the current and future challenges in connection with sustainable development.

Stable economic development, comprehensive public security, reliable infrastructures, sustainable and affordable housing - these are all decisive aspects for the success and growth of cities. Residents must be able to rely on their cities to cope with population growth and global urbanization.

The effective and reliable operation of urban infrastructure systems ensures the energy and water supply as well as the sewage disposal, communication and mobility for the residents - in daily life and also under unplanned or unforeseen circumstances. However, it is more and more common for businesses and communities to be exposed to emergencies such as extreme weather-related situations. Urban planners therefore have to rethink when it comes to planning, designing, building and managing their cities under such difficult conditions.

Siemens supports those responsible in increasing the resilience of urban systems with international know-how. Our job is to help metropolitan areas to strengthen their physical, social and economic structures in such a way that they can cope with the constantly growing challenges of the 21st century. To this end, we work together with authorities and companies and support city administrations, residents, communities and institutions to withstand the demands and sudden loads caused by rapid urbanization, globalization and climate change. Resilience is not only important for survival, but also for the quality of life - no matter what challenge we face.