Smart Green Asian Cities of the Future

A vision into the future could show us something very different from the smart city landscape we know of now.

Can you imagine riding a lightning-fast, solar-powered train to work alongside smart cars and buses on existing roadways? How about knowing that your power sources can communicate through the magic of smart grid technology to provide to you real-time energy usage data?

The smart city of the future will be technologically integrated; ecologically friendly and integral to a country’s economic development, benefiting everybody from citizens, businesses, government and the environment.

Asia is the fastest urbanizing region in the world and cities in Asia are getting smarter to help manage the impact of rapid industrialization. 

Using innovative smarter technologies, governments and businesses are taking steps to plan and develop greener options that address the energy usage in the transport, building and power grid sectors.

According to a report by Navigant Research, from the period of 2014 to 2023, investments in smart city information and communication technology (ICT) in Asia will total US$63.4 billion.

Countries in Asia are keen to diversify their energy mix, reduce their dependency on imported fuel and explore alternative energy sources to achieve better energy efficiency and cost savings.

One such example is Singapore, which has launched a US$20 million dollar initiative to drive innovation and commercialization of next generation energy network technologies to improve its power grid systems.

Such energy management systems minimize impact on the environment by only generating as much power as the city needs.

Increasing standards of living coupled with the widespread availability of affordable vehicles has caused transportation demands to grow rapidly in Asia, bringing about a potential to increase air pollution and traffic congestion.

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Carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the combustion of petroleum-based products, like gasoline in internal combustion engines contaminate the air we live and breathe in.

Deploying innovative technologies which can help to reduce fuel consumption can help us to prepare for a smarter land and less polluted transport landscape.

Businesses and homes from the smart environment in Asia will be using a lot more energy management and sustainable environment technologies such as smart lighting using sensor technologies and emission detection with the proliferation and usage of smart phones and tablets in Asia.

Residential buildings can now adapt to our needs while helping us better manage our energy usage at home while organizations will have new and more opportunities to be more productive, expand and grow. 

Energy is a fundamental element in the progress of human civilization. People use energy during their work, travel and other facets of life. There is an increasing demand for energy worldwide, especially in Asia, where the population is ever growing. Eaton has adopted an all-inclusive approach to improve energy efficiency, as it seeks more environmentally friendly transportation methods, and construct smarter buildings in order to make the future a brighter and greener one.

Through solving the question of the endless demand for power, Eaton improves energy efficiency and helps make Asia environmentally friendly for the future.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 99,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit