Digitalization Key to Making Indian Cities Globally Competitive

By Sharada Prahladrao

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Industry Trends

Cities in India can compete globally on parameters such as optimal use of resources, how we get around, ways to improve our productivity and wellbeing, according to the Atlas of Digitalization, a data-driven index created by Siemens. The Atlas compares the transformation of cities around the world. Each city's unique challenges – including traffic congestion, water availability, and air quality – have been given scores based on digitalization readiness and digitalization potential.

Bengaluru features in the Atlas of Digitalization along with global cities like Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Singapore, Dubai, Johannesburg, Los Angeles and Taipei. It is one of the world’s fastest growing cities, with a 47 percent surge in population density over the last ten years.  Home to a third of India's science and technology talent, it has the highest employability rate in the country, with a large proportion of tech-savvy early adopters.

According to Siemens, many cities in India have a huge potential to improve the quality of life and ease of doing business. While each city has its own unique challenges, the Atlas of Digitalization and its study of Bengaluru gives a good reference for other cities to further improve on their sustainability, mobility and opportunity parameters.

Siemens has already implemented digital solutions for city infrastructure. The company is partnering with the airport’s operators to deliver an extensive range of proposed projects. A cloud-based IoT operating system is set to optimize operational efficiency and passenger experience across diverse aspects such as building management and intelligent baggage handling. Services such as Siemens City Air Management monitor air quality and provide five-day forecasts that can help cities to protect residents.

Keywords: India, Siemens, Bengaluru, Digital Solutions, Atlas of Digitalization, ARC Advisory Group

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