Polish Outsourcing provider’s IT solutions to feature in Microsoft’s City Next portfolio
Leading software development outsourcers Future Processing have partnered with technology giant Microsoft on City Next, a partner-led initiative that empowers cities to be more sustainable, prosperous, and economically competitive.
With more and more European cities starting to introduce smart technologies to benefit their citizens, Microsoft’s CityNext initiative, now supported by Future Processing, aims to empower municipal authorities in optimising the management of the city to become more efficient, safer, healthier, more educated, and more sustainable places to live and work.
CityNext enables cities to tap into the solutions included in Microsoft’s portfolios and innovate at their own pace, deploying real-time solutions. This may transform their infrastructure; engage citizens and businesses; accelerate their economic development and environmental sustainability.
To further develop this initiative, Microsoft has signed a strategic partnership with Future Processing, which will see its IT solutions for the healthcare sector, intelligent water supply systems and others find their place in Microsoft’s portfolio of Smart City solutions.
It is predicted that by 2050, the current 3.5 billion people already living in cities today will rise by a further 2.7 billion. As such, finding new methods of supporting authorities in city management, which can deliver both citizen-centric services and economic and social opportunities at scale, is becoming increasingly critical.
Wojciech ?yczy?ski, Microsoft’s Sales Director for the Public Sector in Polish branch, said: “Progressive development, including the Internet of Things trend, transforms cities into communication mediums. Therefore, the data generated by citizens can be interpreted in order to look for ways of modernisation, savings and enhancements of the quality of life in cities. We believe Future Processing’s IT solutions can help us deliver these improvements as the needs of cities now and in the future continue to change”
Future Processing CEO, Jaros?aw Czaja, commented: “Technology changes the world we live in and lets us solve our everyday problems. Intelligent monitoring systems that react to dangers, or a system detecting waterworks failures on its own are just a few examples of solutions that years ago seemed impossible and now are being successfully implemented in cities. These solutions allow us to use the infrastructure more effectively as well as react faster to emergencies; thanks to technology we, citizens, can lead safer, more convenient and cheaper lives. As the increase in urbanisation results in new challenges, we hope that working with Microsoft will empower us to help cities address what’s next in shaping their future.”
Cities included in the CityNext programme are: Auckland (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Hainan Province in People’s Republic of China, Hamburg (Germany), Manchester (England), Moscow (Russia), Philadelphia (USA) and Zhengzhou (People’s Republic of China).