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Welcome to the

Smart City

The pace of urbanization is accelerating. Today, 54% of the world's population lives in cities, increasing to 66% by 2050.

As cities grow, the challenges they pose—environmental, economic, and social—grow with them. But cities are hubs of diversity and innovation: they can also become the source of solutions.


Smart Cities use recent advances in communications and digital technologies, data sharing and analysis, and intelligent design to make cities more livable, resilient, economically sound, and sustainable. Smart sensors and embedded devices—from street lights to power meters to traffic signals and beyond—work together with an open, connected infrastructure to create a distributed layer of intelligence that can save energy, streamline operations, and make citizens feel happier and safer.


A successful Smart Cities initiative relies on smart technology, but it also requires leadership and vision. We’ve collected the resources and information here to guide you and inspire you.


*Source: UN Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Program)

today cities consume 78% of the world's energy infographic

Could civic leaders and the use of digital technologies shape the future of cities?

City stakeholders, such as citizens, businesses, and governments who use digital technologies play a much larger role than just utilizing smartphones and social media– they shape the futures of cities. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), on behalf of Philips, is finding out how impactful these technologies are when engaging with urban environments. These components allow stakeholders to communicate with each other – resulting in an influence on how their city develops.
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Future-proofing IT for Smart City services


Working within the cloud allows for flexibility, scalability, and cost-effectiveness when connecting many thousands of end-points in a Smart City.

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Smart Cities need open systems


Technologies and standards are evolving rapidly in the dynamic smart city environment. Cities need to stay flexible and prepare for a future based on open standards and APIs. They need an evolving solution for tomorrow that works for them today.

Exploring the key trends changing today's cities:

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Infrastructures and services play a key role in enabling cities to flourish. To be successful, Smart Cities must create an open, intelligent network of resources.

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Smart Cities is a vision of the future, but it’s also a reality today. Philips Lighting supports Smart Cities with the world’s most complete portfolio of LED luminaires, controls, software management platforms, apps, and services.

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