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Siemens helps cities improve air quality

Siemens and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City plan to jointly deploy and enhance this software solution as world’s first implementation

City Air Management displays real-time information on air quality detected by sensors
City Air Management displays real-time information on air quality detected by sensors

Siemens has presented its City Air Management (CyAM) solution at the World Cities Summit in Singapore.


CyAM is a cloud-based software suite with a dashboard that displays real-time information on the air quality detected by sensors across a city and predicts values for the upcoming three to five days. These air-quality forecasts are prepared with the aid of algorithms that tap into an artificial neural network and draw on historical and current data on air quality as well as weather and traffic patterns.


Mayors and other decision-makers can then use this data and a combination of potential solution measures to derive concrete recommendations for action and define measures that help reduce concentrations of nitrogen oxides and atmospheric particulate matter.


"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," said Roland Busch, chief technology officer and member of the managing board of Siemens.


CyAM can, for instance, use the data acquired by sensors to recommend a selection of actions chosen from a set of 17 measures that can be implemented at short notice to improve air quality. Examples of such measures include establishing low-emission zones, reducing speed limits and offering local public transportation services at no charge for a limited period.


Cities can subsequently integrate insights gained from these actions into their medium- and long-term strategy planning. CyAM is based on MindSphere, Siemens’ cloud-based, open operating system for the Internet of Things.


Siemens signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co (GKC Co) and Ascendas-Singbridge today to kick start the CyAM solution, through a joint development of the Green City Digital Platform in Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City (SSGKC).


Located at the heart of the Pearl River Delta district, SSGKC is to be developed as a vibrant hub that appeals to global talent in the knowledge economy and will have a population of 500,000 people within the next 15 to 20 years.


The Green City Digital Platform is a software management and digitalisation platform that utilises big data analytics and artificial intelligence to provide customised and economically feasible solutions for sustainable urban development and air quality control, in line with SSGKC’s urban planning policies and requirements.


Both GKC Co and Siemens will also be exploring the establishment of The Siemens Green City Digital Exhibition Centre in Ascendas OneHub GKC, an integrated business park within SSGKC. The first of its kind in Asia Pacific, the Siemens Green City Digital Exhibition Center will provide real-time air quality monitoring on a short-term and mid to long-term basis, as well as assessment, impact prediction, and recommending of technology measures.


The centre will also showcase the implementation and management of SSGKC’s plans to become a sustainable and eco-friendly city. It will occupy an area of approximately 250 square metres, and is expected to complete in early 2019.


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