Today’s cities face tremendous challenges – from rising populations and shrinking budgets to the need to economize on the use of resources.
Today’s urban areas are growing at a faster pace than ever before – in 1800, only 3% of the world population lived in cities. By 1900, that number had risen to 14%, by 1950 to 30%, and in 2008, for the first time, the world’s population was evenly split between urban and rural areas. And by 2050, it is expected that a staggering 70% of all people living on earth will be urbanites.
An enormous impact
The move to urban surroundings brings with it an enormous logistical, economic and not least environmental impact. Cities use 60-80 percent of the world’s annual energy needs. Lighting alone represents 19 percent of the total electricity consumption across the globe.
Attractive and beneficial services
This trend highlights that cities urgently have to become smarter and more efficient. Key for city administrations is the ability to provide attractive and beneficial services for citizens and visitors, while at the same time achieving considerable savings and helping to mitigate the impact on the environment.
More efficient and smarter infrastructure
The development of integrated Smart City solutions helps the city authorities to provide their residents with a more efficient and smarter infrastructure. For example, public transport such as intelligent buses, which communicate their travel route in real time via an app and provide digital payment facilities, or smart parking solutions, which allow drivers to find free parking spaces. Other examples include smart waste disposal, where clever trash cans automatically report when they need to be emptied, or smart street lighting, which automatically adjusts light intensity based on light conditions or passerby. This reduces power consumption and thus electricity costs by 30-60 percent.
Deutsche Telekom wants to be a trustworthy, reliable and long-term partner for a city’s move to digitization. Always with a clear focus on the benefit for citizens and visitors in mind, we help to manage ecological and economic pressures by providing future-proof connectivity and IT solutions.
Smart City is one of many topics of Deutsche Telekom around the future digital society at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Visit our booth 3M31 in hall 3 from February 26 - March 1. We look forward to welcoming you.