Shenzen smart city

Shenzhen, a technology powerhouse in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, has digitised most government administration in recent years as China moves ahead with smart city developments.

Artificial intelligence and big data have transformed the way locals interact with government, with tech giants such as Alibaba, Tencent and Ping An Smart City leading the innovation.


Ooredoo Qatar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Siemens and Microsoft to develop digital solutions for smart city solutions across Qatar.

The solutions will be used primarily to serve smart infrastructure applications in different market segments, typically cities, buildings, utilities and industries.

The agreement will develop a range of solutions, including IoT, cloud computing, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain and other innovations and cutting-edge technologies.


A smart city has been created in Kazakhstan, called Aqkol, 100 kilometres from Nur-Sultan. Step by step, it is currently being transformed into a smart city.

Aqkol has 14 000 inhabitants. The first space vehicle complex in Kazakhstan was commissioned here in 2005. According to Alimzhan Yesetov, Director General of Tengri Lab, the digitalisation of the city started last spring.

All the city's subsystems send data to the single secure platform that powers the smart city. All data is displayed on the video wall installed at the Aqkol Situation Centre.

Shanghai digital twin

With over 26 million residents, Shanghai has the highest population of any city in China, and is the third most populous in the world. And Beijing-based digital twin specialists 51World have succeeded in creating a complete virtual clone of the city in Unreal Engine—all 3,750 square kilometers of it.

Nanjing: smart traffic system

The City of Nanjing, once the capital of China, is one of the top 20 cities in China, with a population of just over 8 million. Traffic volume is also enormous.

There are about 10,000 taxicabs, 7,000 buses, and 1 million private cars running throughout the city road network.

To help cope with the traffic volume, Nanjing developed a next-generation smart traffic system that includes the use of sensors and radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to generate continuous data streams about the status of transportation systems across the city.

City Brain

The Hangzhou City Brain system is a smart city platform aiming to improve urban management through the use of big data, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence, among other cutting-edge technologies. It is becoming a new infrastructure for improving the city governance capacity of Hangzhou.

The system connects data from all circles of society and departments in Hangzhou, providing more intelligent and convenient services for companies and residents.

The line

THE LINE is a civilisational revolution that puts people first, offering an unprecedented urban experience while preserving the surrounding nature. It redefines the concept of urban development and what the cities of the future should look like.

There will be no roads, no cars, no emissions, and it will be powered by 100% renewable energy, with 95% of the land reserved for nature. Unlike traditional cities, they will prioritise people's health and well-being over transport and infrastructure. It is only 200 metres wide, but 170 kilometres long and 500 metres above sea level.


The city of Sejong is located in Korea and is a national model of a smart city. It is surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, the Happy City at the confluence of the Miho River and the Geum River. 

The Orbit - next generation community in a small town in rural Canada

The Orbit is a “vision for a next-generation community”, one that will transform Innisfil, a farming town of 43,000 people in Ontario with a raft of new technologies. “The Orbit is a cutting-edge community where small town and rural lifestyles co-exist with the benefits and attributes of urban living,” the development company said in a statement. The project was “catalysed” by the decision to start construction of a “next-generation transit hub”, GO Metrolinx, which will provide better connections to the likes of Toronto, just 60km away when it opens at some point between 2022 and 2025.

3D City Model of New York City

Virtual 3D city models are a spatial representation of the relevant entities within cities. 3D city models have traditionally been used for many application areas like urban planning, navigation, tourism, disaster management, training simulation and gaming. For most of these application areas the 3D visualization is of highest importance. In this project, a semantic 3D city model of New York City (NYC) has been created based on datasets provided in the NYC Open Data Portal.