GDT is leading the smart cities revolution!We help cities advance their operations through technology

As cities move to embrace smart digital technologies solutions, they need to understand the new data challenges associated with these projects.  The continued advancement of technology driven by the (), always-connected mobile devices, social networks and computing is resulting in an exponential growth of data and the creation of digital citizens who have access to the information at their fingertips. For cities, these mega-trends create the opportunity to manage the urban environment in new, smarter ways, and to create cities that are dramatically more:

  • Livable: a safer, cleaner, healthier, more convenient environment
  • Workable: a powerful digital infrastructure that is a magnet for companies, jobs, and talent
  • Sustainable: a resilient city powered by clean, renewable

That’s the idea behind the smart cities movement. Smart cities leverage digital technologies to better manage end users’ expectations, optimize and better allocate their resources, provide a safer and more sustainable environment, foster innovation, and give residents a personalized, always-on end-user experience.

High-Value Use Cases:

  • Smart Lighting:
    • Switching from halogen to LED luminaires can deliver immediate savings of 50 to 80 percent to the cities’ energy bill through reduced energy use. Installing smart LEDs can generate an additional 10 to 20 percent savings by adjusting output to ambient light levels, dimming or brightening as needed.
  • Crime detection and prevention:
    • Video cameras can aid police in solving crimes after they happen, as well as deter new crimes from occurring. With sound sensors, police can pinpoint specific information, such as gunshots and rapidly secure an area.
  • Traffic control:
    • Data from embedded sensors, video cameras, crowd-sourced traffic information and other sources can help cities better understand traffic and pedestrian patterns and make improvements, as well as route emergency response vehicles around congested areas.
  • Emergency response:
    • Emergency response operators can activate street lights to help guide emergency workers to specific locations. Lights can also be flashed in sequence, or the color can be changed, to indicate emergency evacuation routes during natural disasters, such as floods and tornados.
  • Environmental monitoring:
    • Neighborhoods can be equipped with sensors that identify toxic chemicals, pollen counts or air pollution levels. Air pollution is the single largest environmental health risk, according the World Health Organization.
  • Smart grid:
    • Smart meters and sensors can create ultra-reliable “self-healing” power grids that minimize outages. They can also give users far more control over their power usage and bills.
  • Digital city services:
    • More and more cities are making their services available via web browser and smartphone. The cost of a digital transaction can be as much as 50 times less expensive than face-to-face.
  • Parking control:
    • Smart parking can lead drivers right to open spots, reducing congestion from circling vehicles. Sensors or cameras can monitor vehicles for parking violations without sending personnel out on the street.
  • Smart buildings:
    • Sensors and building information systems can dramatically improve safety, health and convenience, while slashing electricity and water usage.

Barriers on the road to the smart city

The typical city is organized in siloed departments. This fragmentation leads to inefficiencies, and it impedes collaborative city services and management approaches. Today, cities can overcome these challenges with a comprehensive connected digital platform for the smart city which brings together disparate data sources to provide insight for data driven decisions.  This is all delivered by GDT, an award-winning technology integrator with a track record for designing, building and delivering complex solutions leveraging software.

The solution: a connected digital platform

A connected digital platform for the smart city provides a common information model between disparate systems, making it easier for multiple city departments to share and leverage the data they generate and collect.

It also provides a real-time city view of sensors and systems to give city managers immediate insight and context to drive better, more timely decisions. The platform brings all of the key system components together in a central command center that provides different dashboard-based views to different departments and users.

The GDT Smart City Framework

The GDT Smart City Framework includes capabilities for predictive analytics, , and performance management.


  • SAP HANA Platform
    • SAP HANA is an in-memory data platform that enables municipalities to accelerate business processes, deliver more city intelligence, and simplify IT environments.
  • SAP HANA Streaming Analytics
    • SAP HANA Streaming Analytics adds real-time streaming analytics to the SAP HANA platform.
  • SAP HANA data access, and
    • SAP HANA supports federated queries, data replication, remote data sync and processes to improve data quality.
  • SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom
    • SAP Analytics Cloud combines all analytics capabilities — including planning, predictive analytics, and business intelligence (BI) — in a single solution delivered under a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model.
  • SAP HANA in a Smart City Solution
    • Core to the smart city solution are SAP standards and SAP technologies. Using the SAP HANA application platform and its in-memory database technologies, sensory data from street lights, road intersections, city parks and emergency operations can be quickly turned to actionable insights.

Better together: GDT and SAP

The solution for smart city management from GDT and SAP brings together all the hardware, software, services and expertise you need to and deploy a comprehensive solution that spans a broad environment. GDT provides a blueprint for industry-leading solutions that leverage proven infrastructure components and powerful hardware, including Intel Xeon processors, required to drive real-time analytics.

SAP SE is a multinational software corporation that makes software to manage business operations and community relations, including SAP HANA for in-memory, high-speed computing. The company has more than 335,000 customers in over 180 countries. Ultimately, the combination of powerful hardware components, sophisticated software and a leading in-memory database enables cities and communities to offer smart city solutions that enhance citizens’ lives and lower operational costs.