The continuing, unprecedented growth of cities could be identified as the most significant global trend of this millennium. The trend is especially pronounced in emerging economies, where the urban population grows by 1 million people a week. The needs of a rapidly expanding constituency present new challenges for city leaders who often face a mandate to "do more with less.” In urban areas with declining or slowly growing populations, cities must also modernize to handle evolving challenges, aging infrastructure, rising operational costs, and austerity pressures.

To transform city operations, more new tools are available than ever before, including cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, and the deep insight provided by big data. Now, you can meet challenges more affordably with the flexibility you need to take advantage of future advancements.

The CityNext government administration solutions bring together a new era of technology innovation with expertise from industry-leading partners and local resources. The solutions can help you provide sustainable services to meet your city's changing needs, now and in the future. CityNext gives government administrators the content and accelerators they need to achieve their goals including: city dashboards, citizen services, tax and revenue, document and records management, social analytics, and open data.

Unlock value today and explore opportunities to use new technologies to improve services and help enable sustainable economic growth and higher quality-of-life for generations to come.

Large commercial and industrial buildings include multiple complex systems that range from electrical, lighting, and water to communications and security. With technology from Microsoft and its partners, a smart building can analyze data from multiple systems and deliver the information to facilities administrators and owners. In turn, building managers can use the information to drive efficiency and significantly reduce operating costs. Integrating and analyzing data from groups of buildings also expands opportunities for a city and its utility group to improve energy efficiency programs and forecasting. The utility can use the data to balance its energy load across the grid as well.

These new IT solutions promise to change the way buildings are operated and managed, yielding new efficiencies for both building owners and utilities. In addition, smart building solutions can be delivered without any physical retrofit of existing systems or infrastructure, and they can yield rapid return on investment.

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Advances in street-lighting technologies and controls are changing the way these systems support public safety and drive energy efficiency. Based on solutions from Microsoft and its partners, progress in LED lighting enables a more finely tuned approach to illuminating streets and public places. Next-generation technologies include cloud-based controls for individual lighting standards that help cities adaptively light public spaces. For example, each lighting standard can be individually enabled by motion sensors. Intelligent lighting solutions exemplify the benefits gained from integrating IT technologies, including cloud services, with seemingly mundane civic infrastructure.

Large commercial and industrial buildings include numerous complex systems such as electrical, water, mechanical, and lighting as well as communications, security, and life safety. An increasing number of sensors and controls—some of them wireless—also add to the complexity. These devices include thermostats, occupancy sensors, programmable controllers, and meters. Based on technology from Microsoft and it partners, automated building management solutions improve efficiency by centrally managing and optimizing multiple disparate systems for security and comfort.

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Environmental Impact

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EPA estimates that commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45% of the greenhouse gas footprint in the U.S.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Environmental Impact

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EPA estimates that commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45% of the greenhouse gas footprint in the U.S.

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Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Environmental Impact

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EPA estimates that commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45% of the greenhouse gas footprint in the U.S.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Environmental Impact

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EPA estimates that commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45% of the greenhouse gas footprint in the U.S.

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Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Environmental Impact

infoGraphic

EPA estimates that commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45% of the greenhouse gas footprint in the U.S.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Environmental Impact

infoGraphic

EPA estimates that commercial and industrial buildings contribute 45% of the greenhouse gas footprint in the U.S.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector