Making Cities Safer And Smarter With Innovative Technology

Paul Clark

By 2050, it’s estimated that 75% of the world’s population will live in cities, according to Unicef.

This incredible growth will lead to numerous challenges for municipal leaders worldwide – from transportation needs, to pollution management, to water and energy supplies, to crime control, and the list goes on.

Perceptive city leaders around the globe are seeking new innovative solutions to deal with these growing issues. According to the recent SAP Radio show, Making Cities Safer and Smarter: The Internet of Things, some of these endeavours include public and private partnerships, data exchanges, and innovative ways to incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) into municipal operations.

Copenhagen is one example of a city that has actively pursued innovative solutions such as smart lighting, traffic management, and intelligent building management. Now it has also initiated a data exchange program to make the vast amount of data collected from these smart programs integrated and accessible.

According to Hitachi – a partner on the project – the Copenhagen city data exchange can offer improved services and create jobs. The city data exchange has accessible information on several categories, including infrastructure, climate and environment, city life, business data and economy, demographics, housing, and utilities. Hitachi says the variety of categories could be a base for Big Data analytics for IoT for other smart cities worldwide.

Cities in other parts of the world are also taking smarter steps. Mexico City – one of the largest mega-cities in the world – is undertaking its own smart initiatives. A recent Hitachi article on social innovation and challenges in Mexico City describes a new smart city project being developed by the current mayor. The project, called Laboratorio para Ciudad, or LabPLC, is an urban innovation lab, where people in and out of government can invent and test new ideas and technologies.

This and other smart initiatives in Mexico City have lead to multiple projects, including a smartphone app that improves taxi safety, and a program with the incentive of free Wi-Fi as a motivator to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.

According to the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World, innovating in the digital era is not just about adopting new technologies. It is also about embracing a culture of innovation, encouraging collaboration, and tapping into digital ecosystems to achieve results well beyond the scope of an individual organization.

Both business and government leaders are realizing that by taking advantage of digital technology, and collaborating through the IoT, they can create new products and services that were previously well beyond their reach. This allows them to lay the foundation for safer, smarter, and more efficient communities in the future.

Listen to a detailed discussion on smarter cities in the SAP Radio show, Making Cities Safer and Smarter: The Internet of Things.

For an in-depth look at how the digital era is affecting organizations worldwide, download the SAP eBook, The Digital Economy: Reinventing the Business World.

To learn more about the multiple factors driving digital transformation, download the SAP eBook, Digital Disruption: How Digital Technology is Transforming Our World.

Digital disruption has an impact on government and multiple industries. To see how the healthcare industry is being transformed, download the SAP eBook, Connected Care: The Digital Pulse of Global Healthcare.


About Paul Clark

Paul Clark is the Senior Director of Technology Partner Marketing at SAP. He is responsible for developing and executing partner marketing strategies, activities, and programs in joint go-to-market plans with global technology partners. The goal is to increase opportunities, pipeline, and revenue through demand generation via SAP's global and local partner ecosystems.