Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has no shortage of plans to improve the central Florida city’s environment through technology. What he needed, however, was a way to verify that those plans would pan out. To do that, he turned to the Siemens City Performance Tool (CyPT).
“The No. 1 strategy is how do you attract and retain talent to your community," Dyer said. "The talented young people who are going to make the city successful in the future want to work in cities that have sustainable practices,” he added.
The simulation tool collects about 350 to 400 city data points related to transportation, energy use and existing buildings along with more general characteristics such as population growth projections, the mix of sources of electricity generation, resident's travel patterns and more. Once the data is cleaned and standardized, it's used as a greenhouse-gas emission baseline. CyPT then evaluates the effect of deploying a combination of up to 70 different technologies – such as heat recovery systems, electric buses or photovoltaic cells -- might have on that baseline and estimates the economic and environmental impacts of investing in those technologies.