Microsoft CityNext empowers people to transform their cities and their future. CityNext helps citizens, governments, and businesses meet their goals with innovative solutions that integrate a city’s physical infrastructure with Microsoft technologies. A new era of cloud computing, big data analytics, smart sensors, and mobile technologies help governments and businesses plan, design, operate and manage the buildings and other physical infrastructure and services that comprise a city in order to support economic development, resource efficiency and public safety.

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By integrating existing infrastructure with the cloud, cities can expand their current services and plan new ones. For the first time, governments can pull together and analyze data from business systems and data stores as well as audio-video camera feeds, sensors, and even social media applications. Today’s data-driven Building, Infrastructure and Planning solutions include:
  • Smart buildings and automation systems that help building owners and city utility companies improve occupant comfort and productivity, energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.
  • Street-lighting technologies that use cloud-based controls to adaptively light roadways and public areas.
  • Waste management solutions that help cities manage solid waste – from collection and recycling or disposal of residential and commercial waste, to the tracking and regulatory compliance management of hazardous waste, to the customer service and billing management operations.

As urbanization accelerates worldwide, Microsoft CityNext helps people plan and build thriving, 21st-century communities. Discover what you can do today.

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.

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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.

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

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