Invensys Joins New Smart Cities Council as Associate Partner
Helps Accelerate Global Shift to Smart, Sustainable Cities
HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 06/06/13 -- Invensys, a focused
supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control
equipment to the world's major industries, has joined the new Smart
Cities Council as an Associate Partner. The Council is comprised of
leading global technology companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, IBM and
others working in partnership with advising experts from the world of
research, academia and advocacy.
Urbanization is a global trend. More than 50 percent of people today
live in cities, and according to the United Nations, the number is
increasing. Urbanization poses significant short-term and long-term
challenges to governments and municipalities, including retrofitting
aging infrastructure, relieving traffic congestion, meeting energy
demand, rising energy costs and more.
A "smart city" uses digital technology to deliver improved services
to citizens. It uses smart software to create valuable information
and digitally enhanced services from devices, sensors and systems.
The information can be used by the city itself and/or made available
via computer or smart phone to citizens, businesses or other
"Invensys is proud to be a part of the growing global smart cities
movement through the new Smart Cities Council," says Steve Garbrecht,
vice president of software marketing for Invensys. "Our Wonderware(R)
software, including the world's leading human machine interface
software, InTouch(R), is ideally suited for cities. It allows secure
management of virtually any infrastructure system, like power, water,
wastewater, transportation and other networks, from a single,
integrated real-time platform. Our software lets cities use valuable
information to make better, faster decisions and improve efficiency
of small or city-wide applications."
Operating under the banner "Livability, Workability, Sustainability,"
the Council's goal is to accelerate the growth of smart cities
worldwide by providing city leaders with tools and best practices.
Mayors and other city leaders can tap into this global resource hub.
Today, thousands of smart city projects are underway around the
globe, yet cities have significant questions and challenges with
regard to the four chief barriers to adoption: technology, financing,
policy and citizen engagement. The Council was formed to lower these
barriers through education, outreach and tools for cities.
One of the Council's first initiatives is the development of the
comprehensive Readiness Guide, which will launch as a beta version at
the 81st Annual United States Conference of Mayors in June. The
Readiness Guide will be the first collaborative and comprehensive
vision of a smart city, providing city leaders with a conceptual
technology roadmap to address growth strategies in an effective and
systemic way, focusing on key issues such as energy, transportation,
water and public safety.
"These are areas that Invensys understands very well," Garbrecht
Invensys is a global technology company that works in
partnership with a broad range of industrial and commercial customers
to design and supply advanced technologies that optimize their
operational performance and profitability. From oil refineries and
power stations to mining companies and appliance manufacturers,
Invensys' market-leading software, systems and controls enable its
customers to monitor, control and automate their products and
processes, thereby maximizing safety, efficiency, reliability and
ease of use. To learn more about Invensys, visit invensys.com.
Invensys, the Invensys logo, InTouch and Wonderware are trademarks of
Invensys plc, its subsidiaries or affiliates. All other brands and
product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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