In the wake of Covid-19 and amidst rapidly digitizing lifestyles, urban concepts such as ultra-dense microcities will come under review, potentially yielding to more distributed city fabrics. At the same time, cities will remain unchallenged in terms of their roles as engines of economic and social life, albeit subject to new design principles like resilience and circularity.

A host of technology tools will enable these new frameworks. Digital twins will increasingly drive real-time management of urban assets but also become a key tool for generative urban design. Digital currencies used as incentivizing tools for influencing responsible citizen behavior will help advance the sustainability agenda. AI-based machine vision will provide advanced levels of for surveillance, traffic management, preventive maintenance, and indeed social distancing enforcement. 5G-enabled edge cloud and MEC networks will power mission-critical applications such as automated emergency response modes and various forms of robotics for a range of use cases including zero touch delivery, driverless mobility, and unmanned inspection of urban assets both driving down operational costs and improving the overall quality of urban living.



Dominique Bonte
Vice President, Verticals/End Markets