HUNTSVILLE, Ala., September 08, 2014
Intergraph Security, Government and Infrastructure (SG&I), the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation, and other global challenges, today announced it is working with Microsoft on CityNext, an initiative designed to help governments, businesses and citizens reimagine what is next for their cities.
For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas and nearly 70 percent of people will live in cities by 2050. This ongoing migration creates unprecedented opportunities, but also intensifies problems such as aging infrastructure, hazards to public health and safety, pollution, crime and traffic. Through the CityNext initiative, Microsoft and Intergraph will help leaders to do “new with less,” by combining the power of technology with innovative ideas to connect governments, businesses and citizens with city services that increase efficiencies, reduce costs, foster a more sustainable environment and cultivate communities where people thrive.
Local, state, and central governments from around the world use Intergraph solutions for public safety and security, infrastructure management, public services and more. These solutions use best-of-class technology that is open, enterprise scalable and supports industry data standards for solving government business problems.
“Our participation in Microsoft CityNext demonstrates our commitment to helping cities innovate now and modernize for the future. Working with Microsoft, we can help cities transform their operations through smarter technology and devices; engage citizens and field personnel through mobile apps and initiatives; and accelerate innovation opportunities throughout public and commercial services,” said Teresa Smith, senior vice president, Intergraph SG&I.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Intergraph on CityNext. Microsoft prioritizes putting people and partners first in our initiatives and CityNext is no different,” said Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president Microsoft Worldwide Public Sector. “Even though cities are feeling the strain from economic challenges, we believe a new era of innovation will create opportunities for people to utilize technology to accomplish what they never thought possible. We’re inspired by our diverse partner ecosystem and know that working together we can help cities realize their full potential.”