Siemens on Thursday launched an extraordinary project called AfroDigital Fabric at a glittering event in Johannesburg that demonstrates how crucial data is in transforming Africa’s urban centres into smart cities of the future.
The project was told through the universal language of fashion where three iconic African fashion designers were brought on board to create 12 extraordinary outfits from data extracted from the cities of Nairobi, Lagos and Johannesburg.
Weaved into one-of-a-kind outfits, the data tells a powerful story about each city and how digitalization can transform them. The intricate garments by John Kaveke (Kenyan), Zizi Cardow (Nigerian) and Palesa Mokubung (South African) outline a variety of patterns from power grids, shipping and tonnage to population densities, transport and areas of connectivity.
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“This is how we thought to express the aspect of digitalization. As urbanization rapidly increases, cities need to start preparing for the effects it will have on infrastructure, energy, water and transportation systems,” said Keshin Govender, Group Communications Head for Siemens South Africa.
The data from Johannesburg outlined Gillooly’s Interchange, the Sandton CBD and Newtown.
The fabric of the Sandton CBD, which is regarded as the economic and commercial hub of Johannesburg, highlights the substantial traffic congestion and the growing number of businesses. Sandton hosts over 10,000 businesses and accounts for 50% of all commercial property construction in South Africa. Over 700,000 people travel daily into Sandton during morning traffic and about 46% are in passenger cars.
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