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Siemens has launched an analysis of the readiness and potential of six major cities to embrace digitalisation and develop new ways of living, working and interacting. Named the Atlas of Digitalisation, the web-based application focuses on mobility, sustainability and opportunity, and uses 21 indicators to produce a Digital Readiness Score. The cities included in the analysis are Dubai, Los Angeles, London, Buenos Aires, Taipei and Johannesburg.

Atlas of Digitalization

Considering areas such as smart electricity and transport systems, internet connections and digital governance services, the Atlas provides a readiness score that reveals the current level of maturity of each city’s digital infrastructure, and its preparedness for a connected future.

The analysis also considers areas such as innovation, greenhouse gas emissions and time spent in traffic to give the cities a Digital Potential Score. This score indicates where there is opportunity to grow digital capabilities to transform society and economy. Together, the Readiness and Potential scores illustrate the different capacities each city already has, and where they can be developed.

While each city is unique, they all share one characteristic: Their ingenuity in using digital technologies to make infrastructure more efficient and productive, and to address challenges such as air pollution, congestion, population growth and natural hazards, Siemens said.

Johannesburg ranked 2/10 for digitalisation readiness and 6/10 for digitalisation potential. “Although our progress is lagging compared to our European counterparts for example, we’re still making great strides towards becoming a digitally inclined city,” says Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa.

“Each city must address its own unique mix of challenges and opportunities by combining the physical and digital worlds. We believe embracing digitalisation is the key to sustainable, liveable future cities. The Atlas of Digitalization gives us an all-important understanding of the current status of digitalisation in key cities, and we hope it will inspire new ways of thinking to realise the full global potential of City 4.0.”

The Atlas of Digitalisation is available at www.Atlas.dc.siemens.com / or www.Atlas.dc.Siemens.co.za

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