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Siemens AG, Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co Ltd (GKC) and Ascendas- Singbridge Pte Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop several projects for the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC), which include the Green City Digital Platform and Siemens Green City Digital Exhibition Centre.
The Green City Digital Platform is a software management and digitalisation plat- form that utilises big data analytics and artificial intelligence to provide customised and economically feasible solutions for sustainable urban development and air quality control.
The Siemens Green City Digital Exhibition Centre, which will be built within SSGKC, is an integrated business park.
The platform will deploy Siemens’ latest software solution, City Air Management, which captures pollution data in real time and forecast emissions five days in advance.
“Data are really just raw material. They unleash their full potential only when we collect them correctly, analyse them correctly, draw the correct conclusions from them and simulate and run through the resulting options,” Siemens CTO Roland Busch.
“This is what makes City Air Management such a unique software solution. It is currently the smartest tool available for cities that want to improve their air quality.”
The air-quality forecasts use the aid of algorithms. This algorithm taps into the artificial neural network and draws data on air quality, weather and traffic patterns.
This data allow decision-makers to come up with potential solutions and derive concrete recommendations for action, as well as define measures to help reduce the concentrations of nitrogen oxides and atmospheric particulate matters.
GKC and Siemens will also explore the establishment of Siemens’ Green City Digital Exhibition Centre in Ascendas OneHub GKC.
The 2,690.98 sq ft centre will monitor air quality in real time on a short- to long-term basis, as well as assess, give impact prediction and recommendations on which technology measures to utilise.
The development is expected to complete in 2019.
Meanwhile, Siemens also launched its “Cities in the Driving Seat” report yesterday, which urges cities to start planning for the arrival of autonomous vehicles.
The study explores the interdependencies between urban development, public transportation policies, power supply, pollution and the increase of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) in city traffic.
It also shows lack of mid-term planning and delayed investments in infrastructure could create negative social, economic and environmental effects.
“Autonomous vehicles must be part of an urban area transformation. Cities need to ensure they put people first — and not cars — or we risk repeating the mistakes of the past,” said Siemens Global Centre of Competence Cities director of Urban Development and Environment Pete Daw.
“The future of our cities could look very different with the adoption of CAVs. They could help shape future trends in climate change, air quality, public health and more,” he added.