More than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and nearly 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. This ongoing migration creates unprecedented opportunities but also intensifies problems such as aging infrastructure, hazards to public health and safety, pollution, crime, and traffic. Microsoft® CityNext is a global initiative that enables cities to harness a new era of innovation through a people-first approach – now and for the next generation. Through the initiative, we help government, business, and people create healthier, greener, safer, more successful places to live – today and tomorrow.
Participation by Schneider Electric™ in this initiative underscores our commitment to drive smarter cities as a critical step in addressing the global energy challenge. Together we deliver smart solutions across multiple domains that provide access to real-time data with measurable results, addressing short-term needs and long term goals, at low upfront costs.
“Our participation in Microsoft CityNext demonstrates our belief that collaboration among industry players is essential to help cities become more efficient, livable, and sustainable. The combination of Microsoft solutions with our broad portfolio of solutions, software and services helps cities improve their urban infrastructure efficiency, ensuring better public services and enabling new, innovative services for the city and its people” said Charbel Aoun, senior vice president for Smart Cities, Schneider Electric.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Schneider Electric on our CityNext initiative. Even though cities are feeling strain from economic challenges, we believe a new era of innovation will create opportunities for people to utilize technology to accomplish what they never thought possible.” said Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector.