Hometown pride. We all have it.
Every city boasts something unique. Something that helps truly define it and its essence. A tradition, a local custom, an iconic neighborhood, a unique cuisine. These foster a common bond among its diverse residents and shape a collective identity. This is the emotional connection people feel.
This source of pride drives a healthy competitive spirit among cities. And a drive to one-up each other. Behind the playfulness is a real economic need: to attract businesses, talent, new residents, and major investment.
More and more, digital technology is a factor in this competition for attention and resources. Cities have to show they can support the expectation of a contemporary, digitally enabled lifestyle.
In the Siemens “Proud to be Digital” communication program, we’ve set out to demonstrate how Siemens digital technology is changing the game in cities – sometimes behind the scenes, sometimes in plain sight.
From EV charging stations to more reliable energy, being digital gives a city big time pride and bragging rights. The program taps directly into the need of city mayors to prove they are competitive, desirable, and digital; and that they and their citizens are proud to be digital.
As we look across the country, Siemens is helping cities of all shapes and sizes to be “Proud to be Digital.” Every city is different, but what they have in common is their embrace of digital technology.
Whether it’s making the most of new technology in ingenious ways, or whether it’s actively taking steps to ready their city for a digital future, digital transformation - with Siemens help - is something cities can be proud of.
Siemens is utilizing some of the most advanced digital applications that the company has innovated and invented to support cities across the country. Using software, data analytics, and automation to blend with the physical world and make hardware and infrastructure work more effectively.
In Holland Michigan, Siemens Digital Control System (the SPPA-T3000) is boosting the efficiency of the city’s snowmelt system. The control system ensures reliable, predictable operation of the two combined cycle gas turbines and one steam turbine. The heat generated from the circulating water fuels the city’s downtown expanded snowmelt system, keeping the sidewalk clear through Michigan’s snowy winters.
In Pittsburgh, Siemens deployed the latest digital tools for integrated building management at Pittsburgh’s Energy Innovation Center – a national historic landmark. The EIC is a LEED Platinum Certified facility. The system allows the EIC to monitor energy usage and adjust to ensure maximum energy efficiency, while contributing to its overall sustainability. Siemens digital technology integrates all of the building’s automation and control systems. This allows for dynamic control of the building’s systems on a daily basis.
This same digital building technology is at the heart of many LEED certified buildings in other cities around the country, including Memphis – where Siemens digital technology contributes to the operational efficiency of city buildings, the library, University of Tennessee, and local K-12 schools.
Hempstead is the watermelon capital of Texas. It’s a small town with a population of just over 6,200. Watermelons require a lot of water to grow. As a result, Hempstead needed Siemens digital expertise to update its aging water infrastructure. Siemens automated metering infrastructure (AMI) solution improves meter accuracy so citizens pay for what they actually need, by reducing waste and leakage. With new meters in place, data is now collected and transmitted reliably and securely. It is digital technology like AMI that conveys to prospective businesses that Hempstead has the infrastructure in place to support growth.
In Orem Utah, Siemens has converted the town’s 5,182 high pressure sodium and metal Kalide streetlights to LED lamps. They offer a longer lamp life, which generates savings by reducing energy consumption. In the future, LED lights can be digitally connected for monitoring and better control. This is the start of an intelligent street lighting solution that ensures lighting can automatically adjust to active, real-time lighting requirements.
Siemens and the city of Santa Clara are on a similar journey: using Siemens “Electric Vehicle Implementation Framework” to help the city identify what it will take to become electric vehicle ready. It’s not enough to have a network of charging stations distributed across the city. It requires a big picture view of projected demand and ensuring the infrastructure behind the charging stations is providing the power electric vehicle drivers will need.
Siemens digital technology will be critical to detect and react to changes in energy usage, to anticipate demand spikes based on historical data patterns, and react in real time to deliver the energy required – drawing from the grid, distributed energy resources, and prosumers: homeowners generating their own energy and selling the excess.
In Brooklyn, New York, Siemens microgrid technology is already allowing residents in three different neighborhoods to share energy. The technology allows homeowners generating their own electricity, to sell the excess to their neighbors. Blockchain technology helps track each transaction.
This is how Siemens digital technology is transforming cities and neighborhoods across America.
This is what being “Proud To Be Digital” is all about.