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  • 19.03.2021
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New study examines potentials of AI-supported approaches for sustainable urban development

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Potentials of AI for sustainable urban development

For low- and middle-income countries, AI applications offer a range of new opportunities for service providers and governments on all levels. AI-powered approaches can break down existing barriers to human development and social inclusion and help to achieve the SDGs in a more efficient manner. Cities worldwide are home to many of the key requirements for AI innovation, including vibrant ecosystems, data sources and infrastructure. Urban areas are thus ideal places to harness the power of AI for sustainable development.

The Study

In this study, GIZ together with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) examine promising, real-world use cases of AI-powered urban development projects in the fields of urban planning, building management, municipal/public finance, mobility, waste management and water/wastewater. The objective is to showcase what AI can already achieve in urban development today. Going deeper, for each of these pioneer projects it provides lessons learnt in terms of the technical framework employed, their approaches to data, risk and project management, followed by a discussion on transferability, cost vs. benefit and critical points that may arise.

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