How Microsoft is partening with cities to create a more sustainable planet

Nowhere are the world’s resource challenges more acute than in cities, and those issues continue to grow — about 70 percent of the planet’s population, more than 6 billion people, are expected to live in urban areas by 2050.

That’s why Microsoft is working closely with cities and partners to develop technology-driven solutions to help communities cope with increasing strains on their resources. The company is partnering with cities around the world to help them manage their infrastructure, cut costs and reduce environmental impact.

In Washington state, for example, Microsoft worked with Accenture and the city of Seattle to equip buildings with smart systems that helped improve energy conservation through the use of sensors and cloud technology. In Finland, Microsoft worked with the city of Helsinki bus team and tech partner CGI to develop a more cost-effective, safer transit system that uses less fuel. And in China, Microsoft Research Lab Asia created a mapping tool that allows users to see and predict air quality levels across 72 cities.

“Our work with cities and local communities continues to evolve as new opportunities arise,” says Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategies.


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