Technology Record - Issue 26: Autumn 2022

We asked a selection of organisations how they are using Microsoft technology to transform cities by prioritising accessibility, leveraging data for insights, creating safer workplaces and building sustainably Partner perspectives “Rapid urbanisation has put new strains on aging infrastructure, but high replacement costs and environmental regulations are constraining responses from city authorities. Converting existing infrastructure to smart infrastructure improves the urban experience and residents’ quality of life. For example, connecting disparate IT and operational technology systems can support critical decision-making. AVEVA’s world-class industrial software connects these different aspects of a city via the internet of things – in this case, using Microsoft Azure – where artificial intelligence models deliver actionable insights for more resilient operations. Together, Microsoft and AVEVA help collect, communicate and analyse disparate data to offer a transformative approach that improves urban services and enables city leaders to better serve citizens and businesses.” Gary Wong Industry Principal, Global Infrastructure and Water, AVEVA F E ATUR E 182 “Whether it’s a new building or the renovation of an old one, construction projects are a major opportunity to ensure focus on sustainability as a strategic priority,” said Goldberg. “Energy efficiency across operations is a high priority in helping organisations achieve their sustainability goals while reducing costs of lighting and running heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The automation of these systems to respond when buildings, floors or even individual rooms are occupied can result in significant efficiencies.” US-based design-build contractor MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions has helped customers to build energy-efficient buildings, keep them operating at peak efficiency and reduce costs by using the Microsoft Cloud. For example, the firm helped Swedish Medical Center to save $350,000 in energy costs in 12 months, by partnering with automation software provider ICONICS and using Microsoft Power BI to better understand and optimise how the medical centre’s buildings and energy resources were being used. “But sustainability isn’t only about energy or carbon emissions,” said Goldberg. “Technology can also help during construction to ensure building placement has a minimal environmental impact, enables more sustainable water use practices and minimises waste. “As we implement these solutions at scale, people will benefit from government and other publicly owned spaces and buildings – such as parks, arenas, or stadiums – to help them get the most out of their experience. Better operations help governments save money, and a focus on sustainability will ensure these spaces contribute to a healthier, cleaner future.”