Your city relies on a complex web of systems and services to survive. As independent experts in the built environment, we understand how technology can be used to help cities thrive. Arup sees smart cities as one of the tools for urban development, with people at the heart of the process. We advise policy makers, executives, city departments, developers, and industry on defining how much to invest and how much value they can get from being 'smart'. Our range of services covers strategy and organisation, urban informatics, business systems and architecture, and infrastructure advice that, taken together or individually, will help deliver smart services.
Understanding the opportunity
Just how big an opportunity is this? Ourreport for the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)estimates the smart cities industry will be worth more than $400bn globally by 2020. We work with different organisations, including national and city governments, and industrial clients, to develop an understanding of what ‘smart’ could mean for their city, to identify the value smart technology will create, and to understand the opportunities smart cities present. For example, our smart mobility paper for Schneider Electric explores how information and technologies can help cities meet growing demand for transport while meeting environmental targets and promoting a better travel experience.
Keeping technology open
Technology brings greater benefits to cities when it is used in an open and collaborative way. We believe that digital infrastructure should be designed in a way that enables flexibility to different needs.
We are advising the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London on the use of smart technologies to enhance visitor experience, attract tenants, and showcase systems in use. Our objective is to use technology to help the park meet the needs of its different users today so that it remains an attractive part of London today and in the long-term.
在瓜达拉哈拉，墨西哥，我们的Ciudad Creativa Digital的可持续发展战略带来了关键的城市系统，包括能源，水，废物和运输。在基督城，新西兰，我们正在与行业和社会企业一起携带世界第一传感城市计划，这将看到传感器，收集有关该市如何为其寻找更好服务方式的实时信息，以便更好地服务于其公民。我们的智慧城市队在创建智能，弹性城市方面借鉴了Arup的更广泛的专业知识，示出了Cities Alive initiative, the City Resilience Framework and our on-going work with the C40 Cities. As our report onFuture Citiesdescribes, ‘digital’ is just one approach to urban development, along with spatial, physical, commercial and social.