Your advantages at a glance
- Smart use of data with artificial intelligence
- Flexible scalability
- No additional hardware installation required
- Low investment costs
- Data protection and GDPR compliant
Your smart city transformation challenge
More than ever, cities, municipalities and states must adapt to today's influences and trends. Urban growth, climate change and digitalization are just some of the many challenges they have to face. In order to enable a functioning coexistence in the future, they must find intelligent solutions and continue to develop.
So far, the hurdle to implement a smart city transformation seems high. Often high investment costs as well as hardware installation efforts make people shy away from smart city solutions. In addition, there is a lack of a technologically data-driven foundation. It is true that there are already numerous data sources, such as sensors in the city. Too often, however, there is still a lack of well-founded and networked analysis as well as utilization concepts. In order to maintain a holistic cityscape and to improve the quality of life sustainably and efficiently, the focus must be on the citizens in particular, in addition to existing data sources. This is the only way to identify the needs and requirements of the population for the city, the movement behavior in the infrastructure, and changes.
Fast and scalable entry into a smart city solution with the Smart City Platform
PwC's Smart City Platform is a platform solution geared to the needs of cities, municipalities and countries. In the environment of infrastructure, mobility and public safety, it offers the possibility to integrate and analyze all information and data of the local conditions. Furthermore, it allows to offer intelligent services to the population via new communication channels. Citizens can receive location-based notifications, such as individual stop information, marketing content, and notifications as well as alerts regarding road closures or upcoming events in the vicinity.
Almost any type of sensor technology can be integrated into the system via flexible IoT interfaces. Nevertheless, numerous use cases can already be realized without additional hardware. Using smartphone sensor data, the smart city software creates a situational picture of crowd behavior. In real time, it analyzes movement paths and densities, mobility types, infrastructure usage, and potential problem areas, followed by an evaluation of the data on these. Anomalies and trends are detected and displayed by the integrated artificial intelligence.
The Smart City Platform works out-of-the-box – no hardware installation is required. In addition, data protection and GDPR compliance are top priorities: The platform is operated exclusively in data centers in Germany, and data from end users is never collected without explicit consent.
The benefits of the smart city software
Innovative and fast communication with citizens
Efficient means for identifying optimization potentials for your urban and infrastructure planning
More security for crowds through crowd management and artificial intelligence
Easy coordination of your mobile assets (employees, task forces and vehicles)
Low investment costs
Individual and flexible scalability
Features of the PwC Smart City Platform
People flow analysis
On the integrated map of your infrastructure, flows of people can be visualized in real time with regard to their directions of movement, densities and speeds. By storing the data, it is possible, for example, to identify and compare peak visit times of various shopping streets with the help of long-term analyses.
An interactive map provides you with information on the intensity of road, route and public transport network utilization. This allows you to identify optimization potential within your infrastructure.
Public transport transfer analysis
The transfer behavior in your public transport infrastructure can be visualized for transport hubs and routes. This allows you to identify trends in the mobility behavior of your citizens at an early stage and to use the information for future infrastructure planning.
Analysis of IoT data
External sensors and other data sources can be connected to the platform at any time. This provides you with additional valuable information and allows you, for example, to measure noise levels in real time with the help of noise sensors installed in zones with increased foot traffic. You can intervene directly if noise limits are exceeded.
Camera sensors that monitor the public space of your city can be easily connected to the platform. They detect free parking spaces in the vicinity and pass the location data on to the system. The data can be used for analysis purposes, for example, but can also make it easier for your population to find parking spaces.
Integrated artificial intelligence analyzes all data streams and automatically points out anomalies. You can use these forecasts and information to take timely action.
The Smart City Platform can calculate the carbon footprint of individual zones in relation to the mobility behavior of citizens. This makes it possible, for example, to identify and evaluate the success of ecological measures over time.
The platform's web application enables efficient and intuitive data processing with a customized dashboard. With the help of the data, information can be displayed on the dashboard and used for long-term analyses. This can be used, for example, to identify the effects of development projects or major construction sites.
Messages can be individualized and sent to citizens in defined zones based on their location. Possible smart notifications include alerts about incidents in the vicinity, reminders about upcoming appointments and city events, and targeted location-based surveys.
In the integrated map, any kind of location can be visualized and made visible to your population in your app. This allows you to inform your citizens about the locations of current and upcoming events.
The locations and movement data of your mobile workforce and assets are automatically stored and available to you in real time. You can quickly and easily select, contact and coordinate an available asset when needed.
Asset notification & reporting
Using our free Command app, your mobile workers and assets can report information and events quickly and easily. Conversely, you can also send targeted messages and instructions to selected assets.
The logbook automatically documents and stores all processes recorded by the platform in chronological order so that processes can be traced in retrospect.
Send intelligent and location-based messages
Inform your population about upcoming maintenance work in their residential areas and the period of possible disruption.
Notify the residents of a neighborhood of a short-term road closure in their neighborhood.
Implement your urban arts and culture guide via the app and inform users about the nearest events in defined areas.
Warn visitors of city events, such as the christmas market, and those in high-traffic areas about pickpocketing.
Quick response to problems
01 Usage analysis and carbon footprint
An analysis of the inner-city mobility infrastructure shows that many passengers of a bus line get off at a certain stop and continue their journeys by car. Accordingly, the CO2 balance in this zone is poor.
02 Expand offerings
The planning team recognizes optimization potential and would like to sustainably expand the mobility offerings in this region with offerings from partner companies, such as new electric bus routes as well as shared mobility offerings.
03 Long-term analyses
Shortly after the introduction of the new mobility services, the first successes in terms of mobility use and carbon dioxide levels in the urban area are already being noted. Significantly fewer cars are recorded on the roads and better air quality values are measured.
Connecting sensors and using them as additional data sources
01 Observing threshold violations
At entrances to event zones, people-count sensors transmit current visitor numbers and report threshold violations.
02 Traffic monitoring
Traffic monitoring cameras provide you with up-to-date information on the flow of traffic at all times and enable you to react quickly in the event of congestion and to arrange re-routing.
03 Smart search for parking spaces
In the public space of your city, cameras detect surrounding available parking spaces and communicate the locations to your citizens via the system, thus facilitating the search for parking spaces.
04 Measuring pollution
Environmental sensors that measure noise and carbon dioxide levels from vehicles forward the data directly to the platform for further analysis.
Avoiding dangerous situations
01 Potential hazard
At the end of a concert, the visitors start their journey home. A large stream of people moves to the western train station, disregarding the station to the east of the site, which is also nearby.
02 People flow analysis
The control center detects a significant increase in the number of people moving toward the entrances to the west station.
03 Smart notifications
The control center informs the people flow via app based on location and recommends to switch to other nearby stations and means of transport.
04 Hazard prevention
Some visitors follow the recommendation and switch to alternative stations and mobility options. This avoids overcrowding and favors the distribution to other means of transport.
- Standardized mobility analyses incl. dashboard
- Software development kit for app integration
- Intelligent notification technology
- Continuous feature enhancement and maintenance
- Individual technical adaptation of the Smart City Platform
- Conceptual extension of the Smart City Platform
- Supplementary workshops for training, further development perspectives, etc.
... and much more
Transform your city into a smart city through the use of data.
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How do you define a smart city and what are its characteristics?
The term smart city describes ideas and concepts for urban spaces that aim to make cities more efficient, climate-friendly and livable through the use of modern technology. This is achieved primarily through highly integrated and networked information and communication technologies. The goal is to have the right resource available at the right time in the right place. This concerns above all:
- Mobility and infrastructure
- Food and consumer products
- Energy and water supply
- Communication and administration
How does a smart city work?
A smart city is more efficient, sustainable and advanced compared to conventional cities. Its approach is to tackle problems arising from demographic change, population growth, environmental pollution, climate change and the scarcity of resources with innovative concepts and technologies. In addition, the close networking of all the players involved is intended to create synergies that will help solve new problems and keep the city evolving.
What are smart city examples and which smart cities already exist in Germany?
London, Helsinki, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Hamburg are among the leading smart cities in Europe. To save energy, Hamburg has introduced smart street lighting that uses sensors to detect when a road is being used. In addition, many bridges are now fully automated, allowing shipping traffic to flow unhindered.
Are smart cities sustainable?
The goal of smart cities is to network information and data as closely as possible in order to save resources. In this respect, functioning smart cities are definitely more sustainable than conventional cities. Through the use of innovative technologies, water management, waste management, energy supply, and even mobility can be better tailored to people's needs and behaviors – thus successfully saving resources.